The National Council for the Training of Journalists has awarded a record number of bursaries from its Journalism Diversity Fund.
The fund, established to support those struggling to pay to study on an NCTJ-accredited course, made 13 awards this month to help students from a diverse range of backgrounds to pursue a career in journalism.
The awards were made from a shortlist of 18 after the NCTJ received 51 applications.
Successful applicants will be attending NCTJ-accredited courses at Cardiff University, Glasgow Caledonian University, Lambeth College, News Associates Manchester, NoSWeat Journalism Training, Press Association, University of Salford, University of Sheffield and University of Ulster.
The fund was set up in 2007 by the NCTJ after it recognised the need for reporters from all walks of life to write news that would reflect a range of cultural and social communities.
In April 2008, the Newspaper Licensing Agency promised a minimum of £100,000 per year to support the fund.
The next deadline for applications to the fund closes 30 June. The NCTJ accepts applications are from sixth-formers, undergraduates or mature students that can demonstrate a genuine commitment to journalism and the potential to be successful.
The NCTJ also confirmed that 26 centres across the UK that currently offer NCTJ-accredited courses will from September deliver the Diploma in Journalism, the charity’s new multimedia qualification for all journalists.
Across the country 41 centres currently deliver NCTJ-accredited courses. Five centres have yet to confirm which qualification they will deliver and all others will continue to deliver the preliminary Certificate in Journalism for another year.