FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We’re in the process of setting up our new sustainable business model complete with a brand new marketplace website! We hope to launch them both in the Fall of 2020. These questions and answers are about how our new model will work. 

Ïf you have a different question, want to chat to us about something else or have any ideas for us, we’d love to hear from you! Email us at info@presspad.co.uk  or through our contact page. 

PRESSPAD BASICS

PressPad is an award-winning social enterprise that is fighting to lower the financial barrier of entry into journalism. We link young people with work experience in London with experienced journalists who can offer a spare room plus great advice. We also add them to our intern networks so they can learn from each other. It’s mentoring, networking and accommodation all rolled into one.

Getting a job in journalism can be really hard, especially when you’re expected to do internships and work placements. Most of them are either unpaid or really badly paid, and the best and most competitive ones are in London – a famously expensive city.

The Sutton Trust estimates that it costs a young person more than £1,000 to do a month of unpaid work experience in the capital. This prices out talented people from diverse backgrounds who simply can’t afford to get their foot in the door.

Only 11% of journalists come from a working class background. More than half of the country’s top journos went to private schools and 94% of journalists in the UK are white.

This is important. Not only does the situation mean our media is being run by a narrow section of society, which is unfair when there is so much talent out there but crucially, when journalists don’t reflect the demographic and economic diversity within their communities, and society at large, we lose their trust. Not a single national paper predicted how Brexit would go and we believe this is one of the reasons why.

We do not find young people internships. We exist purely to connect them to a safe, reasonably priced and nurturing environment that will enable you to accept a work placement or internship you have already secured.

We hope that knowing PressPad exists and is here to stay, will allow you to apply for opportunities that otherwise you wouldn’t have been able to afford. That said, the media organisations that run these schemes must select you – we have no ability to influence these processes or help you research what schemes are available.

There are already very good organisations that help with finding opportunities – chief among them, our partner JournoResources.

PressPad unequivocally condemns unpaid and poorly paid internships. We want to support those organisations and politicians pushing for a total end to the practice in all industries. We do, however, know that the campaign to end unpaid internships has been going for a long time and we’re concerned about a generation of young people from lower-socio economic backgrounds, particularly outside of London, being left out.

In addition to this there are housing crises in several UK cities, in particular London, so even when internships or apprenticeships offer the London living wage or are poorly paid, accommodation, especially when it’s temporary and landlords are not happy to take on guarantors or short-term tenants, is hard to find or afford.

One early criticism of our scheme was that it props up the unpaid internship system as it provides a solution for companies who are not paying young journalists. Part of our mission is to ensure news organisations understand the costs involved in unpaid internships and the financial barriers they put up for those who don’t have the means to support themselves.

One organisation we think is doing great work to highlight the issue of unpaid internships and the problems wealth inequality is causing for our society, including the media industry, is the Sutton Trust. Read their latest report, Elitist Britain, here (LINK) and their report on unpaid internships here (LINK).

Our pilot was resourced almost entirely through volunteer labour. This was never going to be sustainable in the long run, especially as more and more users sign up to use our services. We want to grow and make real change. We are fueling this growth in a number of ways; crowdfunding, donations, sponsorship from news organisations, grants from charitable and other grant giving bodies, and yes some contributions from interns who are hosted for longer than two weeks and have the means to contribute. The fact is we can’t help anyone unless we are sustainable. So far most of our interns have only needed hosting for two weeks or less as that has the length of their places and the first two weeks of hosting is still free.

PressPad is a non-profit limited company by guarantee. We do not exist to make money and we drive all profits back into the business. We have a mission lock written into our governing document that states that at least 15% of our income goes to the PressPad bursary scheme so that everyone can access and use our service.

Absolutely. Firstly, you can shout about us on social media and tell your colleagues all about us. If you can’t host, perhaps someone you work with can. You can also make a donation to our bursary fund through the donate button on our website that connects to PayPal. We are also developing a digital mentoring programme to connect more young people to working journalists and also have plans for events for our interns where we will need panellist for discussions. If you have another idea for how you can help, we would love to hear from you.

If you would like to make a larger donation you can always get in touch directly and email olivia@presspad.co.uk or schedule a call

INTERNS

Anyone with a confirmed work placement, contract or internship at a media organisation in a UK city where they don’t live or go to university can apply to be a PressPad intern.

Check out more on our applications page.

Some young people are hosted for months at a time while doing internships, whereas others only need our help for a week or two for work experience placements. We have even organised hosting for just a few days as a young person needed somewhere to stay for a conference.

At the moment that’s right, but we have already had so much interest from cities in the rest of the UK from hosts and interns that we have opened recruitment of mentor-hosts to other cities in the UK which include Birmingham, Cardiff, Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford, Leeds and Southampton. Watch this space!

You can apply to be hosted as soon as you have got your placement confirmed.

Our application process is quite lengthy and that is to ensure both interns and hosts are safe. Prospective interns will create a profile on our website, which includes filling out an application form, providing proof of your placement and a reference letter. We will also pay for you to be DBS checked unless you already have a valid DBS, in which case you can upload that.

Once you’ve undergone our safeguarding, verification and application process you will be able to browse profiles of mentor-hosts. That’s when the magic starts.

  • Short placements of 1-2 weeks have no charge. Everyone will be hosted for free for the first two weeks of longer placements.
  • For those on longer placements, from 3 weeks onwards there is a cost of £150 per week for those who can afford it.
  • For those who cannot afford this, we have a bursary fund available. More details of eligibility and how to apply for the bursary will be available soon. 
  • Media companies can also purchase credit to support their interns by subsidising the cost of accommodation. Please contact us/the company to find out if credit is available.

We have put a price on accommodation for four reasons:

  • so we can cover the cost of having the most stringent safeguarding measures
  • so we don’t enable long unpaid placements
  • so we make it clear that D&I is not a charitable endeavour but a business imperative that requires investment
  • so that we are not dependent on grant funding and can keep helping people without worrying about where our funding is coming from.

If you can’t afford it, don’t worry. We have a bursary fund which you can apply to. It is means-tested (not as scary as it sounds) and covers some or all of the costs. The media organisation you have a placement with may also be able to help if they are part of our PressPad credits scheme. This could pay for part or all of your stay.

It’s entirely up to you but for many young people who have never lived in London before, it can be quite a daunting move. Sublets are often much further out of the city and the quality of housing can be poor, You may have to contend with things like damp or mice, for example. You also might not know much about the people you end up living with.

In contrast, our hosts can offer a safe, warm, family environment and most of them live in zones one and two, which means it will be easier for you to get to your placements. By choosing PressPad, you will also be supporting other young people who are not able to afford to pay.

This depends on each host. It will state on their profile how much notice they need. Some with very busy and demanding lives perhaps who travel a lot might require more notice; others may be more flexible and willing to host last minute. It’s entirely up to the host but PressPad will make sure there is a mixture of availability and if you can’t find any availability all you need to do is contact the PressPad team direct either by phone or email and we’ll get in touch with our hosts directly to lobby on your behalf for availability.

Being a good mentee is all about asking questions, and making time to chat but also about being respectful of your mentors’ time, lifestyle and privacy. We expect our interns to be well-behaved guests and to make the most of living with a more experienced journalist. 

We also ask for each intern to complete before and after surveys to share details of their experience and background – this includes an optional short blog or vlog that we will post and promote on the website and social media platforms. We will never use your image or experience in any marketing, funding or promotional material without your permission.

Our data surveys exist for two reasons: firstly, so we can make sure we are providing the best service and secondly so we can collect data on the experiences of those entering the industry and those currently in it, to work out how we can further improve representation in the industry and lobby organisations and the government for change. All survey content will be unidentifiable when shared with our third party diversity data analysis partner Umbrella Analytics and it will be impossible to trace any answers back to your profile.

Sure! You become part of the PressPad family. This means access to our network, workshops, and freebies from partners such as The Frontline Club, Byline Festival, Tortoise and Royal Television Society.

We have a closed Facebook group which you can join and share your experiences with other interns. Support from the PressPad community doesn’t end after your internship – tag us on social media and we will do all we can to promote your work and projects, as long as they are in line with our ethos.

Our team are also available to offer ad-hoc advice – we’re only an email or phone call away. We hope, with additional funding, to be able to offer travel bursaries for events and meetings in the future. We are also looking at organising intern alumni networking events so you can meet other members of the PressPad family!

If you think your media organisation could afford to buy credits for your hosting with PressPad we would encourage you to ask whether it is a possibility. If they’re interested in supporting you and buying credit they can visit the client page on our website and schedule a call to discuss the possibility further. We’re well known within the industry so they should know who we are. If not just send them a link to our website. If you are nervous about asking, get in touch with us and we can lend a hand.

The safety of our users is paramount and we take a number of steps to safeguard interns during their stay. PressPad pays to have background checks (DBS) of every user of our platform, which includes both hosts and interns. We operate a referral system for our mentor-hosts whereby hosts can only join if they have been referred by another user to ensure a safe and close-knit community. We conduct checks of every property on our platform via video chat and our super hosts will have had their property checked in person in addition to our initial virtual checks. If anything did go wrong, we have a 24/7 helpline that connects directly to our team in case of an emergency.

We are also underwritten by Hiscox insurance which covers non-criminal damage to all parties involved, including reputational damage, under our public liability and professional indemnity policies which you can find here. We are also covered for cyber crime up to £250,000.

Accordion Content

Absolutely. Our passion is in diversifying the British media and making sure that as many different viewpoints in this country, and more broadly, are represented. We will need the same level of proof that you have a valid work experience placement in the UK and we ask that you make sure you’ve taken care of all the necessary visas and work permissions are fulfilled before you create a profile with PressPad.

The reason PressPad’s mentor-host service is so effective is because we match interns and mentors in a holistic way. This means taking into consideration details such as where you’re from geographically, your ethnicity, your gender, your sexuality, the part of the industry you’re most interested (broadcast, magazine, publishing, news, documentaries, TV, radio etc) and your faith. If you don’t want to share any of those personal details, we completely understand. We have a few details which are mandatory to enable us to make matches such as age, gender, location of placement and company you’re interning at.

You can also share information and opinions through our before and after placement surveys. These help us provide the best service and allow us to work out how we can further improve representation in the industry and lobby organisations and the government for change. All survey content will be unidentifiable when shared with our third party diversity data analysis partner Umbrella Analytics and it will be impossible to trace any answers back to your profile.

For comprehensive information refer to our privacy policy, terms and conditions and other legal documentation here.

MENTOR - HOSTS

Anyone who works or has worked in the media, and has a spare room can be a mentor-host. For now, we operate a referral system for our mentor-hosts whereby hosts can only join if they have been referred by another user, ambassador, member of staff or partner to ensure a safe and close-knit community.

Yes. Just like we verify that our prospective interns are who they say they are, we do the same for hosts. When someone signs up to offer their spare room we ask them to provide proof that they are professional journalists, filmmakers or authors through submitting a press card, redacted job contract or letter from an editor or agent vouching that you work for them. We may also get directly in touch by phone. All hosts must also pass a DBS check that PressPad will pay for to ensure the safety of everybody involved. We also do home visits – digitally via skype and then in-person – to check that the space that someone has offered up is adequate and safe for our interns. We don’t want anybody sleeping in a cupboard under the stairs, Harry Potter style

Being a PressPad mentor-host is like having a guest or lodger in your home but with the added proviso that you also mentor or give advice to them.

Mentors need to make sure interns have their own room with clean sheets and a towel. There must be a place for them to work (small desk) and charge their phone and laptop. Interns need to have their own set of keys and access to WiFi. Mentors can lay down ground rules and expected behaviour for living harmoniously and sharing simple household chores, as you would with flatmates.  Interns are expected to be respectful of hosts’ time, space, and privacy, and take good care of their personal belongings.

Each mentor-intern relationship will be different but beyond the basic requirements there should be space for the relationship to become what both the host and intern need. For example, some hosts might work really late during the week but be happy to sit down at weekends and share their experiences or give edits on their interns’ CV. Others might like to sit down for dinner every night and chat about journalism, hobbies and get to know their intern.

At the very minimum PressPad expects hosts to make a little bit of time to chat to their interns, offer advice, and get to know each other. Interns should not be prohibited from going out to events in the evening – being in a city with new colleagues, new opportunities and exciting events is all part of making the most of what the media world has to offer and networking beyond office hours is also important.

Mentors are not expected to provide interns with food or cook for them during their stay. At a minimum, they must make sure there is space in the fridge and a cupboard for them to keep their own food. We will tell our mentors if any interns have specific allergies or food intolerances that they should be aware of and interns might like to share dietary preferences like veganism, vegetarianism or faith-based requirements such as observing Ramadan, on their profiles. If hosts want to share meals with their intern they are welcome to but it’s not a requirement.

Mentors are not expected to function as a manager, lawyer, therapist, agent, maid, mother, best friend or personal chef. You aren’t expected to help interns get jobs or experience at your own work, but if you do hear of any opportunities then do please pass them on. You also don’t have to stay in touch once the hosting ends, however we have found many of our mentor-hosts have done so. 

Through our new digital pilot and website, mentors will now receive some money for renting out their spare room to a PressPad intern. Like all social enterprises and non-profit limited companies, whatever money we make we want to reinvest in scaling and improving our  so we can help more people.

While the financial gains aren’t huge, the brownie points are great. Good karma never hurt anybody, and helping a young person from a different background can only be a good thing for both them and you. Maybe your intern lodger can finally help you understand instagram, or teach you something new about where they come from when or give you a new perspective on an old story. Hopefully, this change can then spill over into your newsrooms, reinvigorating our industry and better serving our audiences.

If you do not wish to receive any money, you can choose to donate your fee to our bursary fund to help those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds access hosting.

While interns might be happy to house sit and feed pets and/or plants if you’re away during the hosting for a couple of days and are definitely expected to clean after themselves, they are staying with you to make the most of their internship and be able to concentrate on being their best during this opportunity. This means that hosts should not task interns with additional housekeeping tasks or ask them to do any kind of personal admin or research, unless this is something the intern has indicated an interest in and their input is responsibly remunerated. We do not condone unpaid work in any circumstances and we work with partner organisations to end unpaid internships.

Each host earns exactly half the overall cost of mentor-hosting, which for London is £75 a week. This is a ‘thank you’ from PressPad and to incentivize you as a host to feel comfortable hosting for longer periods, which are more beneficial to our interns. It is definitely not the most money you can make from a spareroom as AirBnB pays much more than we can but what PressPad does offer money can’t buy: we give you a chance to give back, help a young person, develop mentorship skills and push yourself beyond your current social circle and colleagues by spending time with an inquisitive, ambitious and enthusiastic young person.

There are plenty of reasons why you might not want or feel able to make money from hosting. That’s up to you. In that situation you can choose – via your dashboard – to donate money to PressPad’s Bursary Fund.

PressPad recommends that hosts review their home contents insurance for peace of mind to make sure that they are confident about their coverage. PressPad is confident about our verification and safeguarding processes but if something serious does happen Hiscox Insurance covers us for public liability and if a civil claim is upheld against us for any damage done to a hosts’ property that is believed to be a result of failures in our systems then we will be covered to compensate the host. If the matter becomes one of a criminal nature then this is a matter for police and PressPad will not be held liable.

The reason PressPad’s mentor-host service is so effective is because we match interns and mentors in a holistic way. This means taking into consideration details such as where both parties are from geographically, ethnicity, gender, age, sexuality, which aspect of media is relevant (broadcast, magazine, publishing, news, documentaries, TV, radio etc) and faith. We believe that we can find a good match and tackle issues that are not formally addressed in the workplace or are a silent part of an industry or company’s culture that you might feel intimidated to discuss outright with a work colleague. If you don’t want to share any of those personal details we completely understand. There are a few mandatory details we do need in order to make matches such as location of placement, age, company you’re interning at and gender but the rest, while encouraged, is not necessary.

Hosts and interns can also share information and opinions through our before and after placement surveys. These help us provide the best service and allow us to work out how we can further improve representation in the industry and lobby organisations and the government for change. All survey content will be unidentifiable when shared with our third party diversity data analysis partner Umbrella Analytics and it will be impossible to trace any answers back to your profile.

For comprehensive information refer to our privacy policy, terms and conditions and other legal documentation here

Cancellations disrupt guests’ plans, impact confidence in the PressPad community and require us to find an alternative host at short notice. As such the following penalties will be applied for host cancellations: A fee will be deducted from your first payout after a cancellation. The amount deducted will depend on when you accepted the reservation and how soon before check-in you cancelled it: More than a week before the hosting is due to start, we’ll deduct £75 from your next payout and less than a week before the hosting is due to start, we’ll deduct £150 from your next payout. Your calendar will stay blocked and you won’t be able to accept another reservation for the same dates of the cancelled reservation. After three such cancellations within a year – without extenuating circumstances – a note will show on your profile until you’ve carried out three more hostings without any problems.

Things happen: Maybe you’ve been assigned to a story abroad at the last minute and don’t feel comfortable leaving an intern home alone or you’ve had a family emergency. It does leave PressPad in a difficult situation trying to find a replacement. If this does happen the same penalties will apply as if you had given less than a week’s notice. You will receive payment for all the hosting to date but no payment after the intern has moved out.

PressPad is underwritten by Hiscox Insurance for professional indemnity cover as well. If damage to reputation, as a result of PressPad’s action, can be proved then we will be covered to compensate the host. If the matter becomes one of a criminal nature then this is a matter for police and PressPad will not be held liable.

Yes. We filter all requests for hosting to make sure they are a good fit and you will only host those you have accepted.

MATCHING

Both interns and hosts sign up to our platform in order to view profiles of others signed up to PressPad. At this stage both sides will only be able to see very basic profiles restricting access and protecting the identity and privacy of all on the site. Once profiles have been verified they can make and accept bookings. They will also be able to see a bit more detail.

The way our platform and profiles are designed is to encourage interns and hosts to take into consideration whether or not someone has pets, allergies, whether or not someone has children, accessibility needs, the type of journalism they do, where they come from, the distance from where the internship is taking place and most importantly availability.

Only once a match has been approved by us and accepted by the host will those matched be able to see the other person’s full profile, which may include photos of them and their home. This is for two reasons: firstly we want to protect the privacy of hosts and interns – we are a matching and hosting service, not a social media platform so there is no need to see a lot of information about a lot of different people – there’s Linkedin and Facebook for that! Secondly, some of our hosts are notable figures and we don’t want there to be a disproportionate requests to match with ‘celebrity journalists’ when in fact many, many, of our hosts are excellent hosts.

The reason PressPad’s mentor-host service is so effective is because we match interns and mentors in a holistic way. This means taking into consideration details such as where both parties are from geographically, ethnicity, gender, age, sexuality, which aspect of media is relevant (broadcast, magazine, publishing, news, documentaries, TV, radio etc) and faith. We believe that we can find a good match and tackle issues that are not formally addressed in the workplace or are a silent part of an industry or company’s culture that you might feel intimidated to discuss outright with a work colleague. If you don’t want to share any of those personal details we completely understand. There are a few mandatory details that we need in order to make matches such as location of placement, age, company you’re interning at and gender but the rest, while encouraged, is not necessary.

Hosts and interns can also share information and opinions through our before and after placement surveys. These help us provide the best service and allow us to work out how we can further improve representation in the industry and lobby organisations and the government for change. All survey content will be unidentifiable when shared with our third party diversity data analysis partner Umbrella Analytics and it will be impossible to trace any answers back to your profile.

For comprehensive information refer to our privacy policy, terms and conditions and other legal documentation here.

We ask our hosts and interns to fill in a profile which includes a variety of demographic and housing preference questions to make sure that hosts and interns can find those who they would enjoy matching with and who they think they can help the most/will be the most helpful and appropriate for them as a mentor. Interns will be able to see an extremely limited profile once they’ve created a verified profile on our site, this includes information such as the role, area of the industry, area of the UK/city they live in, gender, age and calendar availability. From that they can request to be hosted.

We will then approve requests we think are appropriate, at which point the host can accept or reject the hosting request.  We understand that some hosts/interns might be inclined to be hosted with a specific type of person or have specific needs such as disability access and we believe this tailored approach has the best results.

Interns will not be able to request to stay with someone at the organisation they are doing work experience at or working with – this is to make sure that we are increasing our interns’ professional network outside of their work placement and to make sure that hosts don’t feel like they are bringing work home but also to allow honest and open conversations without fear it will impact

No. No media organisation, even if they have paid for hosting credit, will get a say over who is matched with who.

Once a match is agreed an initial deposit payment is made and discount codes from organisations can be applied or funding from our bursary scheme requested. Both parties also sign our “Contract of Participation” form and other policies. Hosting cannot go ahead if this hasn’t been done by both sides.

Once this has happened PressPad’s role becomes more remote as we move into a supporting position and the intern and mentor-host communicate directly through the site or over email/phone with one another to make sure both are ready for the hosting. Interns and mentor-hosts have the freedom to arrange where and when they meet for the first time, how to exchange details, keys, etc. We remain on-hand 24/7 to help with anything needed.

SAFEGUARDING

PressPad takes safeguarding extremely seriously and we have a number of measures in place to help protect everyone who uses our service.

  • We pay to DBS check all hosts and interns. This means we can check the criminal record of all users of the service.
  • We carefully vet our hosting community to create a trusted network by inviting hosts directly and encouraging other verified hosts to refer colleagues and friends in the industry. We also ask them to provide proof of their work as a journalist.
  • All homes are checked via a Skype call and our super-hosts have all had in-person home check as well.
  • Interns are also verified before they are able to request hosting. We ask for a proof of placement and character reference and verify both.
  • Crucially we provide a 24/7 helpline in case of any issues.
  • We are careful to protect the privacy of our users by ensuring we limit how much of their profiles other users can see until a request has been made and the matching process has begun.
  • We’re underwritten by Hiscox Insurance for public liability, professional indemnity and cyber crime coverage.
  • We also have a list of external organisations on our website to help support those hosting or being hosted should they need any extra help

We really hope that your time as a mentor-host or intern is an incredible one. We understand, however, that sometimes things don’t work out like we would want them to. We’re confident we can find a replacement for the rest of your hosting and it’s a guarantee we offer. If you wish to make a complaint, regardless of whether we have found you a new host, you can do so via this form on our website. If the problem requires more urgent assistance you can always reach us on our 24/7 help hotline here

The reason PressPad’s mentor-host service is so effective is because we match interns and mentors in a holistic way. This means taking into consideration details such as where both parties are from geographically, ethnicity, gender, age, sexuality, which aspect of media is relevant (broadcast, magazine, publishing, news, documentaries, TV, radio etc) and faith.We believe that we can find a good match and tackle issues that are not formally addressed in the workplace or are a silent part of an industry or company’s culture that you might feel intimidated to discuss outright with a work colleague. If you don’t want to share any of those personal details we completely understand. We have a few mandatory inputs that we need to make matches such as location of placement, age, company you’re interning at and gender but the rest, while encouraged, is not necessary.

Hosts and interns can also share information and opinions through our before and after placement surveys. These help us provide the best service and allow us to work out how we can further improve representation in the industry and lobby organisations and the government for change. All survey content will be unidentifiable when shared with our third party diversity data analysis partner Umbrella Analytics and it will be impossible to trace any answers back to your profile.

For comprehensive information refer to our privacy policy, terms and conditions and other legal documentation here.

PressPad’s team are happy to help get you the support you need and make sure you have connected to external services and groups that might be able to help you. We have put together a list of organisations that can help interns and hosts with all sorts of problems by providing counsel and advice.We’ve listed them all on this page. You can always talk to us in case of a problem and we will always encourage you to put your safety and health first and so will make sure that, if you’re not able to, with your permission we will explain the situation to your host or intern and begin the process of cancellations or refunds, if relevant.

COST

  • Short placements of 1-2 weeks have no charge.
  • Everyone will be hosted for free for the first two weeks of longer placements.
  • For those on longer placements, from 3 weeks onwards there is a cost of £150 per week for those who can afford it.
  • For those who cannot afford this, we have a bursary fund available. More details of eligibility and how to apply for the bursary will be available soon.
  • Media companies can also purchase credit to support their interns by subsidising the cost of accommodation. Please contact us/the company to find out if credit is available.

Each host earns exactly half the overall cost of mentor-hosting, which for London is £75 a week. This is a ‘thank you’ from PressPad and to incentivise you as a host to feel comfortable hosting for longer periods, which are more beneficial to our interns. It is definitely not the most money you can make from a spareroom as AirBnB pays much more than we can but what PressPad does offer money can’t buy: we give you a chance to give back, help a young person, develop mentorship skills and push yourself beyond your current social circle and colleagues by spending time with an inquisitive, ambitious and enthusiastic young person.

There are plenty of reasons why you might not want or feel able to make money from hosting. That’s up to you. In that situation you can choose – via your dashboard – to donate money to PressPad’s Bursary Fund.

As a host you can see the amount you’ve earned through PressPad on your dashboard. You can then withdraw the money or donate it to PressPad and the bursary fund at your own leisure. If money is not taken out of your account within a year we will automatically donate it to PressPad for you.

For now a phone call or email to our team will allow us to create a profile for you where you can manage the credit you buy and the interns you’re supporting through your own client dashboard. When it comes to billing – we can either send you an invoice for the services you’ve bought or you can issue a PO. Just let us know what works best for you.

Your credit will come to you direct from your employee or sponsor through whatever means they prefer (email/phone/in person) in the form of a discount code which you apply to your hosting at the point of first payment.

We put 15% of all the money that comes our way through providing our service into our PressPad Bursary Fund as well as receiving donations from members of the public and larger companies.

Our pilot was resourced almost entirely through volunteer labour. This was never going to be sustainable in the long run, especially as more and more users sign up to use our services. We want to grow and make real change. We are fueling this growth in a number of ways; crowdfunding, donations, sponsorship from news organisations, grants from charitable and other grant giving bodies, and yes some contributions from interns who are hosted for longer than two weeks and have the means to contribute. The fact is we can’t help anyone unless we are sustainable. So far most of our interns have only needed hosting for two weeks or less as that has the length of their places and the first two weeks of hosting is still free.

SPONSORSHIP

We have four sponsorship levels for our founding sponsorship drive which has a deadline of November 1st to make a commitment. We are, of course, happy to take sponsorship from those whose aims align with PressPad’s at any point after our digital pilot launch and we are more than happy to discuss bespoke arrangements or programmes.You can find more details on our sponsorship page.

We have four sponsorship levels for our founding sponsorship drive which has a deadline of November 1st to make a commitment. We are, of course, happy to take sponsorship from those whose aims align with PressPad’s at any point after our digital pilot launch and we are more than happy to discuss bespoke arrangements or programmes.You can find more details on our sponsorship page

The expense will be tax deductible for a corporate but not an individual. As we are a social enterprise and incorporated currently as a limited company sponsorship and donations are not currently eligible for gift aid.

PARTNERS

Yes! We love to partner with other organisations working in the same diversity and media space, be it through putting on events together, sharing knowledge, supporting each other on social media, collaborating on bigger projects or sharing opportunities to one another’s networks. You can see our current partners on our website and answer a few quick questions to see how a partnership might be a good fit and what it is you’d like to work with us on. 

There are several benefits to partnering with PressPad. We have a healthy and growing community of diverse hosts and interns from all walks of journalism and the media, all backgrounds and all locations in the UK. If one of them can’t help or at least know someone else who can help then we’d be amazed. We’re also well-connected within the diversity, media and tech-for-social-good spheres and are more than happy to do introductions or give advice. We also have journalists and media organisations contact us directly about opportunities they want to reach a wider audience than their current one and we can help amplify their opportunity.

No. Being a partner doesn’t involve any money changing hands – it’s more a you scratch our back and we’ll scratch yours because our ethos aligns and there’s tonnes of synergy, and chemistry and whatever else makes partnerships buzz! If you want to give us money that’s totally cool too. You can make a personal donation via paypal here  or explore becoming a sponsor  here. You can also be a client if you have interns you want to gift credit to so they can get a discounted PressPad hosting. 

Absolutely. We’re always adding new ones but our most recent list of confirmed partners is on our website  including some examples of the types of collaborations we’ve pulled off in the past.

We’ve provided mentor-hosting as part of a bursary scheme AMMPE (the Worldwide Association of Women Journalists and Writers) offered to 8 women to attend their international congress in London in 2018. We’ve partnered with organisations like Multitrack to offer mentor-hosting for successful applicants so they can attract the brightest talent, regardless of their means and location, to apply to their scheme. We also advise companies and universities like Oxford Brookes as to how they can best help their future graduates enter the industry. We’re also partnered with diversity data analytics company Umbrella Analytics to work on analysing our and industry data to test the effectiveness of our service and the status of internships in the media.

CLIENTS

Firstly, as a PressPad client you’re not just indicating you’re serious about improving access and representation in the media industry but you’re actually making a concrete difference to get journalists and filmmakers from more diverse backgrounds into your newsrooms and offices. This will benefit your journalism and company by being able to tap into the talents and experiences currently lacking in your workforce: this is good for business.

Secondly, plenty of managing editors at news organisations and independent production companies we’ve spoken to indicate they are paying around £150 a night to host journalists and interns from out of London who don’t have a place to stay in the capital. Our pricing means that these companies can house their workforce for 7 times longer on the same price – also good for business!

Thirdly, holistic mentoring from our hosts means that your interns and freelancers are more likely to be a success at work. This in turn makes retention of new journalists who might not be familiar with the workplace culture also more likely.

Finally, if your own journalists also sign up to host they will be able to network with a younger generation of journalists, gain relevant skills and open their minds to stories and audiences beyond those of their current social circle and colleagues.

All of our clients are different and their needs unique. The best way of us working out your needs and how we can best address them is by having a discussion over the phone or in person. We can adapt to different budgets, bespoke requirements and different payment and workflow systems.

What PressPad does is pretty unique. For this reason we have left no room for doubt about how seriously we take the safety and reputation of all those who use our service. You can access all of our legal documents and policies including our contract of participation, safeguarding policy and terms and conditions here  as well as our insurance documents, which lay out the level and detail of coverage for our public liability, professional indemnity and cyber crime coverage. If there is something you think we haven’t thought of and that is important to you – just get in touch and we will look into it. We exist to protect our hosts, interns and clients and no concern is too small for us to address.

For now a phone call or email to our team will allow us to create a profile for you where you can manage the credit you buy and the interns you’re supporting through your own client dashboard. When it comes to billing – we can either send you an invoice for the services you’ve bought or you can issue a PO. Just let us know what works best for you.

Credits last for a year. If you need to carry over credits, just get in touch. 

Your client dashboard allows you to track the progress of your interns through the PressPad system to make you can track your credit spending. This does not include seeing who your intern matches with to protect the privacy of both the intern and the host. In an emergency situation you will be able to request to contact the host with your request being sent direct to the host. If that is not suitable or doesn’t achieve the necessary results. You can call us directly and we will assist. 

We run a 24/7 support line for all our clients, interns and hosts. You can find this number and other means of contacting us here.

These FAQs are accurate as of 13.04.2020. As we are an agile and rapidly expanding start up we will continue to update these as we grow. Please get in touch on info@presspad.co.uk if you have any queries