News Associates and Sports Journalists’ Association launch journalism diversity scholarship – apply here

News Associates and Sportsbeat, in partnership with the Sports Journalists’ Association, are delighted to announce the launch of a journalism diversity scholarship for aspiring sports journalists.

Click here to download an application form. 

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Sports journalism trainee Nicola Kenton interviewing Dina Asher-Smith at the British Sports Awards as part of our collaboration with the Sports Journalists’ Association

The successful applicant will have their fees covered while they undertake their NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Sports Journalism at News Associates, with the option of studying in either London or Manchester, from September 2, 2019.

News Associates was recognised last December as the UK’s number one NCTJ-accredited journalism school for the fourth consecutive year, with successful graduates now working on the sports desks of national newspapers, agencies, broadcasters and in content roles with sports teams and national governing bodies.

Chris Reidy graduated from News Associates and joined the Sky Sports News graduate training scheme

Our sports journalism course is the number one NCTJ journalism course of any kind in the UK. Have a look at the league tables here.

At the conclusion of their studies the successful candidate will be offered a full-time four-month contract at national press agency Sportsbeat, commencing May 2020 based in London.

Katie Falkingham studied on our sports journalism course before landing a job at BBC Sport

Sportsbeat and News Associates managing editor James Toney said: “We are delighted to be working with the Sports Journalists’ Association on this unique opportunity, underlining our commitment to supporting candidates from diverse backgrounds in breaking into careers in sports media.”

SJA co-chair Janine Self said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to give a helping hand to someone from a diverse background. We are very pleased to be working with News Associates and Sportsbeat.”

Click here to download an application form. The deadline for applicants is May 10 at 5pm with those shortlisted invited to attend an assessment centre in London on May 31.

If you have any questions about the scholarship, please email Lucy Dyer on