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Publishers join scheme to tackle elitism in journalism

A social enterprise has teamed up with newspaper and magazine publishers to tackle elitism in the UK journalism industry by helping young journalists get a foot in the door.

Catch 22 magazine aims to give 18- to 30-year-olds lacking in journalistic experience a step into the profession.

Now 15 publishers, including Haymarket, Trinity Mirror and Condé Nast, have offered their support to the enterprise, by helping aspiring journalists from low-income families enter the industry.

The move comes after the recent Unleashing Aspirations report, published by the Panel on Fair Access to Professions, highlighted that less than 10 per cent of those entering journalism have worked their way up through non-graduate, vocational, working-class backgrounds.

Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa, managing director of Catch 22, said: “From our experience, the industry is eager to engage talent that does not only come through the traditional routes, but before Catch 22 they did not know how to go about effectively accessing them.

“We aim to nurture young talent and replenish the UK media industry with a new generation of trained and already experienced young professionals who reflect multicultural Britain.”

The enterprise offers young people free training in a 12-week academy programme and work on the Catch 22 youth culture magazine. The London College of Communication hosts the Catch 22 Academy four times a year.