OICP’s Alexandra Shakespeare joins PressPad’s Charitable Foundation as a Trustee
OICP’s Senior Lecturer Alexandra Shakespeare has today announced her role as a trustee of the new PressPad Charitable Foundation.
The Foundation exists to improve socio-economic diversity within the media by lowering the financial barrier for young people who want to become journalists.
Among its first donors are the Duke and Duchess of Sussex via their Archewell Foundation.
The PressPad Charitable Foundation is a sister charity to social enterprise PressPad.co.uk, which helps young people of diverse backgrounds gain entry into the journalism industry, via a unique mentoring, networking, and accommodation scheme.
The Foundation will provide bursaries, grants, training and support to aspiring journalists from diverse backgrounds, as well as provide smaller grants to more niche and intersectional media diversity charities and groups.
Other trustees of the Foundation include media diversity champions Marcus Ryder who is a journalist and co-author of Lenny Henry’s Access All Areas: The Diversity Manifesto for TV and Beyond, as well as Frank Starling, founder and CEO of Variety Pack, and Darshan Sanghrajka, founder of social innovation agency SuperBeing Labs.
PressPad was founded in 2018 by journalists Olivia Crellin and Laura Garcia who are both on OICP’s Journalism Advisory Board, steering our NCTJ-accredited undergraduate and postgraduate journalism courses, as well as providing talks and workshops to our students.
To find out more about the PressPad Charitable Foundation or to donate, go to: presspad.co.uk/the-presspad-charitable-foundation