The facts about journalism aren't pretty. According to the latest statistics, more than 90% of the industry is white, nearly two thirds of the industry is based in London and the South East, and just 11% of journalists are working class, compared to some 60 percent of the population. An astonishing 80% of editors were privately educated, and you're also much less likely to be adequately represented if you're disabled or LGBTQ+.
Journo Resources is here to change that. We believe that a diverse media industry is vital for everyone. The media industry needs to reflect the people it's supposed to serve. When it doesn't, we miss important stories and trust in the media declines. We're here to both support people into a media career – and to help them progress when they get there.
How Do We Help?
At Journo Resources, we believe that a diverse media starts with access to information. When only a select few have the access to the information you need to make it journalism, it's no surprise that it's the same kinds of people getting jobs over and over again.
"Thank you so much for making me feel like a career in journalism isn't out of my reach"
We're levelling the playing field for good with free-to-access resources, tools, and advice and we go out of our way to make sure the right people get access to it. In 2020, we're aiming to help at least half a million people in some way or another. Here are just a couple of examples of what we've done so far.
Unique, Free To Access Tools & Resources: Our salaries and freelance rates databases combine thousands of crowdsourced examples of what real journalists have been paid, in an interactive and searchable database, so you know what to ask for or expect. We publish weekly, in-depth advice pieces featuring everything from successful story pitches and real CV examples to strategies on how to deal with misinformation in the family WhatsApp.
One-to-One Advice: Our advice inbox is open 24/7, 365 days a year for journalists to submit a query. We've looked at thousands of queries during the past four years, and given personalised feedback on CVs, pitches, job applications and more to anyone who needs our help. We've also appeared at a huge range of in person events to offer drop-in clinics and advice on the spot.
Access To Opportunities: We're the only place to collate all the opportunities in one place. Our jobs board doesn't just list our own jobs – it collates opportunities from across the web, and we're the only place to create weekly-updated lists of awards, funding, graduate schemes, mentoring opportunities and more. Plus, our weekly newsletter sends this direct to your inbox for free.
Events: We put on at least two online events every month. Every participant gets the chance to ask questions, and receives a copy of the recording and further reading. Our courses are just £4 each (so we can pay a diverse range of speakers to run them) and we reserve free places for people of colour, disabled journalists, and those who wouldn't be able to afford it. So far, 100% say they've learnt new skills or ideas.
Paid Work: We also offer paid work to a diverse range of people directly. Our fellowship scheme takes on writers at the beginning of their journey to paid employment, offering them mentoring and training, as well as the chance to create original feature journalism, while our commissions are open to anyone who sends us a good idea.
Principles: Finally, we stand by our principles, which we set to improve standards for everyone. We'll never run a panel without both a woman and a person of colour on it, we'll never advertise a staff job without a salary range, and every single thing we post is a paid opportunity. See more of our values here.
You guys do such a brilliant job in making journalism more accessible to people like me.
How Can You Help?
In short, you can help us by becoming a supporter, from as little as £3.50 a month. Every penny we receive goes straight back into helping more both people break into journalism and progress when they get there. We pay everyone who is involved within the project – as we believe journalists should be fairly paid for their work – so funds go towards everything from updating and maintaining our website to paying the writers on our fellowship scheme.
As a supporter, we also throw in a couple of perks as a small thank-you too. You'll get:
• Early access to our new resources and product launches, before they are released publicly,
• Free access to an online event of your choice, from our monthly webinar series,
• Branded goodies and swag whenever we happen to fill up our stash,
• A really good feeling that you're making a difference to the make-up of this industry.
Questions? Comments? Ideas? Cake? Drop our founder and director an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.