Applications are now open for the 2023 Centre for Investigative Journalism Lyra McKee (#CIJLyraMcKee) Investigative Journalism Training and Mentoring Bursary Scheme.
#CIJLyraMcKee Bursary Scheme
- #CIJLyraMcKee Bursary Scheme was established in memory of a young and courageous Irish investigative journalist Lyra McKee, who was shot dead by dissident republicans in Derry in April 2019.
- The aim of this five-month bursary scheme is to train and mentor people from underprivileged backgrounds, who aspire to become journalists or who are at the very early stages of their journalism career.
- The Lyra McKee Journalism Training Bursary was inspired by Lyra’s determination to become an investigative journalist despite personal disability, the need to care for her disabled mother as well as fighting the in-built bias against working-class entrants to journalism.
What to Expect?
- It is not just a paid-for training.
- #CIJLyra McKee Bursary Scheme is a five months programme which incorporates training at #CIJSummer Conference 2023 and online as well as a mentoring programme with regular meetings.
- It builds towards a Pitch to the Editors session, where the trainees will pitch stories to the working UK editors.
- #CIJLyraMcKee provides cutting edge investigative journalism training (online courses and in-person #CIJSummer Investigative Journalism Conference 2023), and regular online mentoring from leading investigative journalists, culminating in a “Pitch to the Editors” Day, when the trainees pitch their stories to working UK editors.
What is covered by the bursary scheme?
- The 2023 bursary scheme has funding from the Lorana Sullivan Foundation and from Lyra McKee’s family.
- The bursary covers training and mentoring, as well as, depending on the trainees needs, travel and accommodation in London to attend the #CIJSummer Conference 2023.
- They especially welcome applications from people from poorer backgrounds, people of colour, people with disabilities, carers, members of the LGBTQ+ community, travellers and anyone who cannot afford to pay for the #CIJSummer training.
- It is open to the UK and the Republic of Ireland residents only. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
For more information, visit Centre for Investigative Journalism.