Founding Director & Editor-In-Chief

December 14, 2021 (Updated )

Following a successful pilot scheme last year, we’re thrilled to announce the return of the Journo Resources Fellowship, thanks to the continued support of both The Printing Charity and The Society of Editors. Applications are now open for the scheme until January 1, and subject to further fundraising, we hope to take on between six to 12 fellows to work with us for the next six months.

The Journo Resources Fellowship is an intensive scheme to support people looking for their first break in journalism. It offers a paid commission for our website, bespoke training in both job hunting and reporting skills, 1-2-1 mentoring, and a supportive community to help you take your first steps within the journalism industry.

Since last year, more than half of our fellows have gone onto further work within the journalism industry, working at a range of publications including PA Media, the BBC, and Newsquest. This scheme is open to anyone who wants to be a journalist and is based in the UK. If you are still studying, you must have less than one year left on your course. There are no upper ages limits, you don’t have to have studied a journalism qualification, or indeed gone to university at all.

We’re looking for people who are passionate about making their way into the journalism industry and are ready to make their next steps into paid work. You might have just finished studying, you might be looking for a career change, you might have been looking for a while. You can’t already have a full or part-time job within journalism, or a year or more to go in your studies.


How To Apply

Applying to the Journo Resources Fellowship is really simple – all you need to do is fill out the short form below telling us:

  • An idea you would like to write for our website (this must be a story that works for Journo Resources),
  • Up to 150 words on why you want to be a journalist,
  • Up to 100 words on why you want to join this scheme and how it would help you.

You will also be asked to include links to a maximum of two pieces you have written and your LinkedIn profile. Please note, we are unable to accept CVs – but if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile please feel free to link another portfolio website or social media website.

Also, don’t worry if your work hasn’t been published anyway – we aren’t looking for big bylines! We just want to see examples of your writing – a link to a blog post or a Google Doc works just fine.

Please note, to take part in this scheme you must be based in the United Kingdom. If you are currently studying, you must have less than one year left on your current course. You must not currently be a working journalist, where the majority of your income comes from journalism.

We will aim to give everyone who applies individual feedback and will be making selections in early to mid January 2022. Unfortunately, due to the volume of entries, we can’t accept any received after the closing date.

Apply To The Journo Resources Fellowship 2022 Here

Help Support The Journo Resources Fellowship

This year our fellowship lost its biggest sponsor, so we’re fundraising to help as many people as possible. If you, or someone you know, can support us it will make a direct difference to how many people we can help.

All sales of our new magazine/workbook go directly to the fellowship – plus you get an incredible 100 page magazine packed with in-depth features, practical exercises to help plan your career and stories, and a paper aeroplane to throw at editors who don’t pay up.

You can get your copy of the Journo Resources Yearbook here.

Top Tips For Applying To The Scheme

  • Do make sure you’re eligible for the scheme before you apply – unfortunately, for this specific scheme we’re only able to accept people based in the UK, who do not have a paid full or part-time job in journalism, and, if you are studying, have less than a year to go.
  • Take a look at the work of some of our previous fellows and our advice page in general to get an idea of the kinds of stories we publish. Generally, we view an idea as the most important thing.
  • Remember this is an entry-level scheme – we aren’t looking for you to know everything! But we do want to know why and how this scheme could help you. Tell us how it will help you get to where you want to go.
  • Don’t rush your application – we never close applications early and don’t look through them until everything is done. So take your time to get your application right.
Jem Collins
Jem Collins

Jem is the founder and editor of Journo Resources. She set up the site in her bedroom in 2016 and now works on the project full-time (still from her bedroom though). She is the winner of The Georgina Henry Award, The Sutton Trust’s Alumni Award for Social Impact and WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards.

Outside of Journo Resources she has freelanced for a range of national outlets including the i Paper, and PinkNews. She is also trying to swim in every outdoor pool in the UK and look after her toothless rescue cat Swirls.