Budding journalists from under-represented and lower income backgrounds can get a start in the media thanks to an initiative supported by the Daily Mirror and the New Statesman.
New and aspiring writers of journalism, fiction and creative non-fiction can apply for the A Writing Chance scheme, co-funded by social change group the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, by submitting a 500-word article.
Ten will get one-to-one mentoring from established writers and journalists and a £1,500 bursary.
There will also be Insight Days with media partners, and the chosen writers will have the opportunity to see their work published in the Daily Mirror and New Statesman, or broadcast as part of a new podcast.
Alison Phillips, editor of the Daily Mirror, said: “At the Mirror we understand the power of having a voice and holding people accountable.
“Ensuring that everyone has access to that power will only make the national conversation that much more interesting and effective.
“I can’t wait to see the new talent this project uncovers.”
Jason Cowley, editor of the New Statesman, said, “For too long the world of journalism has favoured a privileged minority. The New Statesman, which thrives on discovering new voices, is delighted to lend its support to this vital scheme to redress the balance.”
Writers must apply by March 26, by submitting a 500-word original piece on the theme “Life in 2020-2021”.
All applicants will be invited to a free digital seminar on writing and journalism. Up to 30 people will be shortlisted and paid £100 to write another article before the 10 places are allocated.
Further funding is available for those who may need extra support.
Full details of A Writing Chance are available at AWritingChance.co.uk