The Second Source mentorship scheme


The Second Source is proud to announce the launch of our inaugural mentorship scheme for women early in their careers.

One of the reasons we formed the Second Source was to start a sisterhood and shatter the culture of silence in the media.

We know it can often be an intimidating and overwhelming arena to enter, especially for those from non-traditional backgrounds. We don’t want you to feel alone.

About the scheme

This is a mentorship scheme specifically aimed at women who are starting out as professional journalists, who are considering dropping out of the industry, or who feel like they need more direction.

It’s available to any woman in the first five years of their career, but we do particularly encourage those in insecure work and who come from communities currently underrepresented in journalism—whether that be in terms of race, class, gender identity, mental health, sexuality, neurodiversity or disability.

We intend this mentorship scheme to be different from just career development advice, though we can offer that.

Your mentor will be someone you can come to for advice on stress, office politics, difficult relationships and how to boost your confidence and maintain your drive. Everything between you and your mentor is confidential.

As a group of women, we come from different backgrounds and specialise different fields.

How to apply

Send us an email to, subject title Mentorship 2018, with a paragraph or two about yourself, your interests and your aims in journalism.

If you meet our criteria, we will match you with a senior woman journalist who best fits your situation.

To give us a better idea of who may be able you the best guidance please tell us which areas interest you the most from below. You can choose more than one category:

National News
Foreign News
Arts and showbiz
Broadcast journalism
Digital and tech
Under-served communities

If there is an area you are particularly interested in that you don’t see listed above, let us know and we’ll see what we can do.

Entries will be accepted on a rolling basis but we initially intend to allocate our available mentors by May 1st.