Frequently Asked Questions

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

At PressPad, we help young journalists find affordable accommodation with experienced media mentor-hosts. They get a place to stay that doesn’t break the bank plus guidance and advice from their hosts.  Breaking into journalism, the media and broader creative industries can be overwhelming and having an industry insider can help a young person trying to get to grips with the challenges they will face in the workplace. Hosting can also help older journalists develop mentorship skills, connect to and learn from a younger generation, allow them to meet someone they might not otherwise and give back to an industry they love. Overall we believe this community-driven approach will help reduce individual prejudice and break down social barriers as well as financial ones. 

We started PressPad to make internships and work experience more affordable to those living outside of London and from lower socio-economic backgrounds. There are lots of very admirable mentorship schemes for POC, women, and those with disabilities but we believe that the true barrier – and one that affects many applicants classed as “diverse” – is financial.

As Sky Correspondent Lewis Goodall wrote following revelations of top BBC presenters’ salaries and the lack of diverse high earners in the industry: “diversity is about more than what you can see.”  His article calls attention to what many of us know to be true: coming from a working class and poor economic background is a huge, unspoken disadvantage.

With divisive politics and media coverage, it’s more important than ever to make sure that our media reflects the society it represents and is taking to. 

If you’re an intern or just starting out in your media career, you can sign up for a PressPad profile. Once you’ve undergone our reasonably lengthy safeguarding, verification and application process you will be able to browse profiles of mentor-hosts with limited information. That’s when the magic starts.

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

As a host, you must work or have recently worked in the media, and have a spare room in one of the cities we operate – London is where we are busiest at the moment. In order to safeguard our community we are operating an invite-only policy.

You can be invited to host if you have a colleague or friend who has signed up to host and passed our verification and safeguarding checks. If you don’t know anyone who is already a PressPad host you can contact us directly on info@presspad.co.uk to request a chat with our team who will then judge whether to allow you to create a profile on our site. 

If you’re a client interested in buying what we call ‘PressPad Credit’, which can be applied to your interns’ accounts to offer them discounts of 25%, 50% and 100% off the cost of hosting then you can contact our team directly on info@presspad.co.uk or schedule a call. We will then invoice you for the amount of credit you’d like to purchase and apply it to your account. You can then individually apply it to your interns’ accounts in your dashboard, which generates a code for them to use once their booking is confirmed. 

Each week of mentor-hosting in London costs £150.00. This means a month of accommodation plus mentorship in central London with an experienced journalists come to £600.00. This is without any discounts from media organisations or any other organisation that might pay for part or all of your stay. 

If you can’t afford this then you can apply for a means-tested (not as scary as it sounds) bursary and we will cover some or all of the cost for you. Fifteen percent of all the money PressPad makes goes directly to our bursary fund – the rest we spend on a small team of staff and the costs of maintaining the website, providing safeguarding and lobbying to change the unfair system of unpaid internships. 

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.  

We do not find you internships. We exist purely to connect you to a safe, cheap 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 that – 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.

With our paid scheme is also deliberate because we want to encourage organisations to realise that paying a decent wage to interns is actually very feasible and doing so is in their best business interests: If an office was to upgrade its computer system from PC to Mac would there not be a budget for that? If an organisation wants a more inclusive employment record, then this, rightly, will cost. Once you realise that a commitment to ‘diversity’ is not charity then the value of paying interns, we hope, should logically follow.

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, and their report on unpaid internships.

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.

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. The most appropriate way to do that is through the donate button on our website that connects to PayPal. If you want to make a larger donation you can always get in touch directly and email info@presspad.co.uk or schedule a call

Interns

Any person interested in the media with a confirmed work placement, contract or internship in a UK city where they don’t live or go to university can apply to be a PressPad intern.  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. The average age of a PressPad intern is 24 years old and most of them are studying at university, although that is not a requirement. Check out more on our applications page

Our interns fill out an extensive application document during the creation of their online profile detailing why they need PressPad’s help. They also provide proof of their placement and a reference letter. We verify who they say they are and that their placement is real. We pay for DBS checks on all our hosts and interns. 

We sometimes arrange a phone call to check we have the right information and how is it that they’re expecting PressPad to help them. No PressPad intern has access to mentor-hosts entire profile until a match has been requested by the intern, approved by PressPad and accepted by the mentor-host. 

We expect our interns to be well-behaved guests and to make the most of living with a more experienced journalist. 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 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 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 in the future to be able to offer travel bursaries for events and meetings – these will require the same rigorous proof of need and commitment to pursuing a career in the media. 

If you can’t afford it don’t worry. Fifteen percent of all the money PressPad makes goes direct to our bursary fund – the rest we spend on a small team of staff and the costs of maintaining the website, providing safeguarding and lobbying to change the unfair system of unpaid internships.

The bursary is means-tested (not as scary as it sounds) and covers some or all of the costs. We will be using the same criteria that the government uses to allocate university maintenance loans when it comes to assessing means. You can find out more here. There is also the possibility to get a discount from your media organisations or any other organisation you’re associated with. This could pay for part or all of your stay. 

If you think your media organisation could afford to pay to host you with PressPad then start by asking them. 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 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. 

PressPad pays to DBS check (background check) every user of our platform – hosts and interns included. We operate a referral system for our mentor-hosts to ensure a safe and close-knit community. We conduct Facetime checks of every property on our platform. Super hosts will have had their property checked in person in addition to our initial virtual checks. We have a 24/7 helpline that connects directly to our team in case of an emergency. We are 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.

PressPad requires a week’s notice from an intern to cancel a booking. If you don’t cancel before that time then you forfeit your deposit (£300 – equivalent to the first two weeks of hosting) to compensate the host and PressPad for the time taken to arrange the hosting. If you cancel a week before your hosting begins you will get a full refund. 

If, for some reason, you need to cancel the hosting after it has begun – for reasons such as a family emergency, serious illness or a change in your work placement – you will be charged in full for the next two weeks or the end of the placement – whichever comes sooner – and the rest of the placement will be refunded.

Yes. The intern initiates a request through our ‘marketplace’ web platform. We will approve the request but ultimately it must be accepted by the host before it is confirmed. 

It’s not often that this happens, but if it does you won’t be alone. Just get in touch with your contact at PressPad and give an honest and calm assessment of what has happened and why you want to terminate the hosting. We will work hard to find an alternative host for you should you wish to continue using our services. You must allow up to 5 days for an alternative to be found. Your payment plan won’t change if we manage to find you a suitable new host. If, in the unlikely event, we can’t. You will be refunded in full 5 days after you make the request to change. 

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. We believe that we can find a host who is better able to answer questions and reassure you about 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. 

 

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 is welcome to sign up to be a mentor-host. We invite mentor-hosts to sign up to our platform and encourage other verified hosts to invite others in their network who might be interested. All mentor-hosts must 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. All hosts must also pass a DBS check that PressPad will pay for unless you already have a valid DBS that you want to upload to your platform. 

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 unless you already have a valid DBS that you want to upload to your platform.  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. You can find a list of the basic requirements for the hosting space on our website.

Being a PressPad mentor-host is like having a guest or lodger in your home who you also mentor or give advice to. 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. 

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 function as a manager, lawyer, therapist, agent, maid, mother, best friend or personal chef. 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. Interns are expected to be respectful of hosts’ time, space, and privacy, and take good care of their personal belongings.

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. 

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 or operations

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. 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 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, LGBTQ+, where they come from, the distance from where the internship is taking place and most importantly availability

Still, 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. 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

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 special needs and 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 

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. 

 

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 

Safeguarding

PressPad will pay to DBS check all hosts and interns. 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. All hosts are verified that they work as a journalist and their homes checked via a Skype call followed by an in-person home check. Interns are also verified before they are able to request hosting. We ask for a proof of placement and character reference and verify both. 

We also make sure that hosts’ profiles are of a limited nature until a request has been made. This is to protect their privacy first and foremost. We’re underwritten by Hiscox Insurance for public liability, professional indemnity and cyber crime coverage – which will reassure clients – and run a 24/7 help hotline in case of any issues. We also have a list of external organisations on our website to help support those hosting or being hosted. 

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.

Payment

A week of mentor-hosting costs £150 in London. If you have credit from a company, organisation or university the price can be reduced by 25%, 50% or 100% depending on how the credit is applied. If you have no sponsor and can’t pay yourself you can apply for a means-tested bursary and we can cover all or part of the hosting costs. Read more about our PressPad Bursary Fund and eligibility.  Once we have launched our mentor-hosting in the UK regions we will release the cost of mentor-hosting there, which will always be competitive to local costs.

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 or operations.

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. 

If we provide a 100% free service we are encouraging media companies NOT to pay their interns. We can’t afford to pay for everyone’s hosting. We thought long and hard about whether PressPad should be a charity and exist on charitable donations but we felt there was enough of a business need from media organisations and enough of an ethical argument to use PressPad to move the dial on companies’ perceived responsibility towards their interns to make PressPad a sustainable social enterprise. 

Sponsorship

We don’t want to rely on grant funding, which often needs a large team of staff constantly to write applications costing money that then uses up the funding from the grants which needs the staff to apply for the funding…you see how this gets a bit cyclical. That’s why we’ve decided to make PressPad a tech-first solution to achieve a frictionless service with few overheads so that we can make sure that we can match as many people as possible for as little money as possible.

 

This, however, needs a lot of money to get the ball rolling – so that we can design and build a marketplace website, launch an outreach campaign to reach students in the regions and hire a full-time coordinator to provide support to both interns and hosts. But once the ball is well and truly rolling we believe that there is enough of a business and industry need to allow PressPad to operate as a social enterprise and not rely on constant donations and sponsorship like a charity. We see companies and audiences that are desperate for new and relevant voices that have not been heard from before – as well as demand from both interns, thanks to a toxic inequality cocktail of a housing crisis and culture of unpaid work, and hosts who want to give back and network beyond their immediate colleagues and contacts.

 

Finally, and this is where it gets a bit personal, our co-founders currently manage PressPad on top of their daily jobs as journalists and lecturers (Find out more about Olivia and Laura here). We know that PressPad is a brilliant idea and much needed (don’t take our word for it – read what others have said about the project here) yet week we have to turn down interns who need our help because we don’t have enough manpower to match everybody and look after them with the level of care and detail that is necessary. With a new website that facilitates matching without all the endless excel spreadsheets we will be able to help more people.

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

Founding sponsors have between September 1st and November 1st to make a commitment. The founding sponsors’ logo and information will remain front and centre on our promotional materials during the launch and our first year of the digital pilot including during our universities roadshow. Sponsors that sign up after November 1st will still be able to benefit from our partnerships, workshops and services but without the same prominence until 2021.

Your media organisation will benefit from being able to say that you not only talk the talk on diversity, you walk the walk. We will use all of our social media klout and that of our partners, to shout your name off of as many rooftops as we get access to.  Your company’s logo and name will be on our website and on any promo materials that we produce, both online and offline, for at least the first year of operations. Depending on the type of pack you chose, you will also get discounts on PressPad mentor-hosting services, VIP tickets to our swanky launch party, discounts and free consultations to diversity data analysis services and other goodies. Check the different sponsorship packs here

We’ve committed to raising £100,000 before the first year of our digital pilot in order to be able to deliver the following: 

 

Hosting for a month for 10 media interns via the PressPad Bursary Fund

£6,000 

UK universities roadshow to educate students outside of London about PressPad

£5,500

10 days for 3-person website development team to fix website bugs & do upgrades

£4,600 

Legal, accounting and insurance costs for a year

£5,890 

New website design and the development of an app 

£7,000

Development of our Diversity in the Media Conference planning

£7,670

‘State of the Media Internship’ research paper – never been done before

£12,250 

‘State of the Media Internship’ data analysis with Umbrella Analytics 

£15,000 

Salary for a full-time, dedicated co-ordinator to look after PressPad round the clock!

£36,000

Total needed for digital pilot launch

£100,000

Totally. Click here to schedule a call with one of our co- founders to discuss the options.

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 1.08.2019. As we are an agile and rapidly expanding start up we will continue to update these as we grow. If in doubt please check back to make sure you’re reading our latest advice.