Journalism Trainee Scheme wins award

The BBC Academy's Journalism Trainee Scheme (JTS) has won a prestigious News award at the Creative Diversity Network (CDN) awards. This "recognises initiatives in UK network newsrooms that contribute to real institutional change on the issue of diversity".

At the ceremony held at MediaCityUK in Salford, the scheme fought off strong competition from across the industry, including Sky and ITV News.

The CDN awards are presented yearly and celebrate creativity and diversity in the broadcasting industry.

"It's brilliant to get recognition for a scheme which has been going from strength to strength"

JTS director Claire Prosser received the award with colleagues Ruth Akins, JTS administrator, and Phill Thomas, recruitment schemes manager. They were congratulated by BBC director-general Mark Thompson, who’s the chair of the CDN and hosted the event.

Claire said: "It's brilliant to get recognition for a scheme which has been going from strength to strength since its launch in 2007. I would like to thank all those College of Journalism and Academy colleagues who regularly support us."

The JTS is a year-long scheme from the BBC College of Journalism that trains successful applicants in TV, radio and online journalism and provides that all-important first foothold in the industry. Trainees are taught basic journalism skills, initially in London. But for most of the year they will be based at one of the BBC's regional or national centres.

Although not guaranteed a job afterwards, trainees will be ready by the end of the course to apply for broadcast journalist vacancies in radio, TV or online.  More than 90% of former trainees remain working within the BBC.