We connect new professionals from disadvantaged backgrounds with senior colleagues in their industry who have a spare room for affordable, safe and hassle-less accommodation.

Their host provides them with a comfortable place to stay and mentorship during work placements or at the start of a new role - so that they can afford to pursue opportunities successfully regardless of who they are or where they come from.

PressPad intern Jabir Mustapha Sambo and his host Blathnaid HEaly from CNN

Who can host?

Any media professional with a spareroom and a clear DBS can become a host.

There is a list of safeguarding measures and verification processes that we require you to complete before we approve you on our platform. Find out more. 

Hosts are not paid but can apply to our Host Relief Funds to cover any additional costs incurred from their participation in the programme (such as increased heating/electricity bills).

Become a host

Who can use the scheme as an intern?

Interns need to be over 18, with proof of a work experience placement, job offer or internship.

We exist to support those from disadvantaged backgrounds who aspire to a career in journalism or who are just starting out. Find out more about how we define disadvantage and what we - and our funding partners - focus on below.

Most of our interns will be funded by their placement provider but alternative funding routes through non-profits, The PressPad Charitable Foundation and individual sponsorship also exist.  

Become an intern

Who can fund a stay?

Any media organisation, corporate or non-profit funder focused on issues of social mobility, employment, diversity, financial inclusion or helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds can fund a stay directly.

If you are looking at setting up a charitable fund for your organisation, you can do so via our charitable foundation. 

If your organisation provides placements or internships and wants to fund a stay for an employee as part of their scheme, you can find out more here:

Become a client

Host

Who can host?

Any media professional with a spareroom and a clear DBS can become a host.

There is a list of safeguarding measures and verification processes that we require you to complete before we approve you on our platform. Find out more. 

Hosts are not paid but can apply to our Host Relief Funds to cover any additional costs incurred from their participation in the programme (such as increased heating/electricity bills).

Become a host

Intern

Who can use the scheme as an intern?

Interns need to be over 18, with proof of a work experience placement, job offer or internship.

We exist to support those from disadvantaged backgrounds who aspire to a career in journalism or who are just starting out. Find out more about how we define disadvantage and what we - and our funding partners - focus on below.

Most of our interns will be funded by their placement provider but alternative funding routes through non-profits, The PressPad Charitable Foundation and individual sponsorship also exist.  

Become an intern

Funding

Who can fund a stay?

Any media organisation, corporate or non-profit funder focused on issues of social mobility, employment, diversity, financial inclusion or helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds can fund a stay directly.

If you are looking at setting up a charitable fund for your organisation, you can do so via our charitable foundation. 

If your organisation provides placements or internships and wants to fund a stay for an employee as part of their scheme, you can find out more here:

Become a client

We’re interested and open to academic and research proposals exploring the way our scheme defines eligibility, in order to make it as effective as possible. If you’re an academic studying this area and would like to collaborate with us please get in touch.