Charity funding for journalism students

The future of journalism depends, of course, on the quality and diversity of its new entrants. For over 40 years Cardiff Journalism School has produced young journos of the highest calibre, and is still at the top of its game as it prepares to move to new premises in Cardiff city centre.

As the industry adapts to the digital world, CJS has adapted too, equipping its students with the skills they will need for the new, and ever changing, world. 

But one of the difficulties faced by all students is funding their studies before they can land that all-important job.  This often deters people who do not have families able to provide financial support for those crucial years. All too often, money issues prevent talented young people applying for three year undergraduate courses, or one year postgrad programmes.

The Nick Lewis Memorial Trust was set up 17 years ago to support journalism training. NLMT has sent trainee journos around the world on their dream stories. 

More discretely, the charity helps students at CJS by providing three bursaries per year, each of £1500. These are used to assist people who may be struggling financially and may otherwise, even have to leave the course.

Clare Cooper of NLMT presented the funding for this year's bursaries to Professor Richard Sambrook of CJS.

"Students should be focussed on their studies and not worrying about money," she said. "We want to support future journalists from all backgrounds and help them complete their course, and hopefully move into employment. We are delighted to work with Professor Sambrook in this."

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