Inclusive Reporting Programme

* Please note this programme has now ended, email Lauren at if you would like information on our new Intersectional Reporting Programme.

What is the Inclusive Reporting Programme?

Inclusive Reporting is an exciting new programme from Media Trust aimed at journalists and newsrooms across the UK.

Our objective for the programme is to promote a more level playing field for media representation through exploring key considerations in, and sharing best practice for, creating truly inclusive news reporting. We also want to strengthen the voices of underrepresented communities by helping to connect newsrooms with civil society.

The programme is funded by the Meta Journalism Project and supported by an Advisory Group made up of senior executives from news organisations and third sector leaders, who provide strategic insights and governance for the programme. The Advisory Group is chaired by Kamal Ahmed (The News Movement, formerly BBC).

About the training

Over the first half of 2022, we will deliver inclusive reporting training through workshops for small groups of journalists alongside a number of open sector-wide masterclasses designed and delivered in partnership with the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

We are delighted that our principal facilitator will be Hannah Fearn (formerly The Independent, The Guardian and Charity Times). Hannah will lead the workshops that aim at providing reporters with practical tips and examples on how to be more inclusive in their reporting. The sessions will touch upon topics like transparency; understanding audiences, language and tone; expanding your contributor database and sharing positive engagement case studies.

Alongside the training, Media Trust will also run a number of speed networking sessions bringing together journalists with civil society leaders to allow for more open dialogue between marginalised groups and the media.

How to sign up to training

Applications are now open to apply for our workshops and masterclasses. To register your interest or if you have any questions, please email Lauren Bailey at

Inclusive Reporting Principles

We have 10 Inclusive Reporting Principles to help you practically embed inclusivity into your news reporting. These are as follows: 

1. Widen your pool of sources

2. Make the journalistic process more transparent

3. Understand how contributors expect their story to be told

4. Avoid tokenism: individuals are multi-dimensional and communities are dynamic

5. Avoid simplistic them/us-style coverage

6. Ensure your reporting reflects the complexity of intersecting disadvantage

7. Fact-check by reaching out to a broad range of experts, including those with lived experience

8. Consider the impact of reporting on individuals and communities

9. Listen to diverse voices within the newsroom

10. Build the confidence of those from under-represented backgrounds

Download our Inclusive Reporting Resource

Download our Inclusive Reporting Programme Resource, which includes:

  • Our 10 Inclusive Reporting Principles
  • Further reading
  • Language and style guides
  • Information on how you can support Media Trust’s charities!
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