Journalism Mentoring Schemes – The Complete List

Making your way in the journalism industry can be tricky, and it’s always good to have a helping hand.

We’ve put together a list of all of the free mentoring schemes on offer for young and emerging journalists in the UK.

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Digital Women Leaders – Always Open
Bookable one on one sessions with leading women for women working in digital journalism.

Vault Festival Emerging Critics SchemeCloses December 10
Mentoring from January to March on your writing, free show tickets, and group sessions.


Women in Journalism Mentoring Scheme – Closed November 29
For women trying to break into journalism. 12-month scheme.

The Refugee Journalism Project – Closed
An initiative to help refugees rebuild their professional journalistic careers in the UK.

The Student Publication Association Mentoring SchemeClosed August 30
For student journalists and recent graduations looking to break into the industry.

The Second Source Mentoring SchemeClosed September 15
For women in the first five years of their career, especially from minority backgrounds.

European Journalism Centre Freelancer Mentoring SchemeClosed September 19
Monthly chats with a mentor as part of a scheme to support early career freelancers.

John Schofield Trust Mentoring Scheme – Expected To Re-Open February 2020
For those looking to get into broadcast or online video. 12-month scheme.

WFTV Mentoring SchemeExpected To Re-Open September 2020
For women in creative, craft, business or technical roles with seven years of experience. Get intensive mentoring, seminars and training.

The Press Pad Mentoring Scheme – Closed April 30
To enable aspiring journalists over 18 from outside of London, afford to accept an internship in the capital.