Are you interested in beginning a career in journalism but need help funding your training? Do you have the drive and determination to succeed in a demanding and dynamic career uncovering the news and delivering it to your community? Are you passionate about current affairs? Can you think on your feet and work to deadlines?

If you’ve answered yes to the above questions then the Journalism Diversity Fund can help you. Applications are now welcome for the second group of bursaries in 2011. The deadline is 1 July.

The fund offers bursaries to people from socially and ethnically diverse backgrounds who have applied for a place on an NCTJ-accredited journalism course. These courses will provide you with the practical skill training that can prove vital in the quest to find employment in the industry.

If successful, you could have the costs of your course and examination fees paid for; complete the NCTJ qualifications editors ask for; specialise in newspaper and/or magazine journalism, press photography or photo-journalism; and get a head start in one of the most exciting careers around.

Editors recognise it is vital that journalists reporting the news reflect the communities they serve. Reporters who understand the views of the communities on which they report are therefore essential when it comes to delivering unbiased and accurate reporting. With our help, you could be that journalist.

For more information on the JDF visit A list of NCTJ accredited journalism courses is available at