Waad al-Kateab

John Schofield Trust launches new scheme to improve diversity in journalism

The new partnership will support young people (aged 16-17) who are from disadvantaged backgrounds and are interested in a career in journalism, by running an e-mentoring scheme.

The e-mentoring scheme will enable the youngsters to match with industry professionals and allow for a greater scope to find mentee's best suited to them.  

Fewer people from poorer backgrounds are entering the industry and it is hoped this partnership will open the door to the next generation of journalists, regardless of their background.

Waad al-Kateab’s TV diary

I have just arrived in London from Turkey, where my family is now living after the fall of our beloved city, Aleppo. I am travelling with my husband, Hamza, and our first stop from Heathrow airport is the Channel 4 News office.

I am feeling excited but also apprehensive. One of the first people I meet in the newsroom is the presenter Jon Snow. When we are introduced, he bursts into tears. I feel emotional, too. These are the people who have made it possible to show the world my footage, the real stories and horrors of the people of Syria.

Waad al-Kateab named RTS Young Talent of the Year 2017

The journalist, whose incredible footage of the war-torn city of Aleppo, Syria captured hearts and minds over the past year, received the awards in front of an audience of industry-leading journalists at the awards ceremony in London.

She was also part of the team which received The Independent Award for The Last Flower Seller of Aleppo, and the News Coverage – International Award for Inside Aleppo.

No footage or photographs are available of al-Kateab (an alias she uses) out of concern for her safety.