young talent

Meet... Noel Phillips

BBC journalist Noel Phillips discusses what inspired him to become a journalist and the stories that have shaped his career.

After studying Broadcast Journalism at Staffordshire University, Noel quickly found his feet at the BBC in the West Midlands, progressing to special reporter for Sunday Politics West Midlands and presenting and producing films for BBC Midlands Today.

Last year, Noel joined the Victoria Derbyshire programme as a reporter, and has covered stories about autism, drug use and unsafe housing in London. 

Meet...Ashley John-Baptiste

Ashley had his first experience in front of the camera as an X Factor finalist with boy band The Risk shortly after graduating from Cambridge University.

After leaving the music show during the live finals, he was asked to front a documentary on life in the care system and his own experiences in care. It was this experience working on the BBC Three documentary that sparked his ambition to become a journalist.

Applications open for the John Schofield Trust mentoring scheme

Benjamin Zand, 2016 RTS Young Talent of the Year winner (Credit: BBC)

The scheme partners senior news operators which in the past has included Channel 4’s Matt Frei and BBC broadcaster Jeremy Bowen, with journalists who are in the early stages of their career.

Now in its sixth year, the Trust is expanding its selection criteria to include those entering journalism from non-traditional routes.