Ziad Ghandour, a former participant of the Refugee Journalism Project originally from Syria who now works as a part-time Broadcast Assistant with the BBC, said:
"If it was not for the connections I made through the Refugee Journalism Project, I would not be where I am today.
"I didn't have much confidence at first because my English wasn't great but RJP reassured me I shouldn't think about language as an obstacle, because the more important skill to have is ideas.
"I learned that having access to contacts was extremely important in this industry and that is what the project provided me with."
Vivienne Francis, founder of the Refugee Journalism Project and Reader and Senior Lecturer in Social Justice Journalism at London College of Communication, UAL, said:
"The Refugee Journalism Project aims to help refugee and exiled journalists build up their network of industry contacts, update their skills and get their voices into the mainstream media.
"Participants of the project have found the experience incredibly rewarding. Many have significant experience of journalism, but don't necessarily have a strong understanding of how the UK media operates, or access to important networks.
"The project is about helping to update skills, including in digital and social media, understanding the breadth of journalism the UK has to offer, and helping them to apply journalism in a UK context.
"But it's not a one-way street. Newsrooms, editors and publications have also found our participants bring incredibly useful insights, unique perspectives and broad skills to tell stories to their audiences."
The deadline to apply is 22 February 2020, workshops are due to start in March 2020. Find out more about the Refugee Journalism Project.
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