(and a bit of our story)
PressPad was founded by BBC journalist Olivia Crellin (Founder, CEO) following her own experience of entering a journalism career from outside London – and after hearing the stories of many others.
After Olivia launched PressPad, Laura Garcia (Co-founder) and Alfie Tobutt came on board. Laura is a Mexican journalist and lecturer living in the UK who remembers having to sleep on friends’ couches while doing her work experience. She now sees the high cost of accommodation preventing some of her best students from less wealthy backgrounds applying for the most competitive internships.
Alfie, a freelance journalist and recent journalism graduate, manages PressPad’s website and social media. Laura Trussel has recently joined us to do some research in preparation for our summer 2019 launch.
We’re currently looking to bring an Outreach Officer on board who can help us make connections with universities and educate students about the existence of PressPad. We want to make sure they know there are options to help them fund their media internship before they stop themselves even applying to the opportunity of their dreams.
Olivia is a staff journalist at the BBC and a documentary filmmaker – as well as the founder of PressPad. In addition for the BBC – she’s written for The Guardian, The Economist, TIME Magazine, Reuters, and others. The situation with unpaid internships was so bad when she started out that she calculated that a one-way ticket to Chile would be a more cost-effective option, AND help her learn Spanish. After time in South America, she went on to graduate from Columbia Journalism School, before being lucky enough to do a lot of paid internships and fellowships in the US with the likes of VICE News, AJ+, the BBC Washington bureau and The Wall Street Journal. Ironically it was one of only two unpaid internships she did at the BBC World Service that led to her current job now.
Laura Garcia’s work as a multimedia journalist started back in her home town of Mexico as a photographer for a newspaper. She also worked for newspapers and film production companies in the US before coming to the UK in September 2011. After that she was able to get into the world of broadcast because her lecturers and their friends allowed her to crash living rooms and bedrooms while she was getting work experience. Laura has worked in different newsrooms across the UK: ITV Meridian, BBC South East, BBC Radio Kent, NBC News, R4’s The World Tonight and Channel 5 News. Currently she works as a Lecturer in Television and Multimedia Journalism, produces a politics show for KMTV and is the London correspondent for Bloomberg Mexico and Estrella TV in Los Angeles.
Social Media & Online
Alfie Tobutt is a freelance multimedia journalist who grew up in Sydney, Australia, but relocated to the UK when he was 18. From there, he attended the University of Kent's Centre for Journalism and graduated in 2018. He currently works freelance with BBC Radio 2, among other places. He covered the 2016 EU referendum for KentOnline, and the 2017 snap general election for Sky News. He was formerly an intern at KMTV, and has also worked with The Week Magazine Australia, and the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). His areas of interest include crime, education, politics, the environment, and country music.
Research & Outreach
Laura Trussell is a recent MA graduate from the Centre for Journalism. She has a Bsc in Social Sciences and teaches politics. She has just started her PhD focused on the portrayal of Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May in newspapers and on Twitter in the 2017 General Election campaign. Laura was a finalist for the Guardian's Hugo Young Award for political writers. Laura is helping us gather data and contacts and look into the internship landscape in the UK.