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.

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

The Refugee Journalism Project(Rolling Deadline, Apply ASAP)
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 – Closed March 31
For those looking to get into broadcast or online video. 12-month scheme.

WFTV Mentoring SchemeClosed October 12
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.