Positive Action Scheme 2020 - BAME Photography

Positive Action Scheme – BAME Photography

The Guardian believes there should be a better representation of our diverse society in the media, and each summer runs a work-experience scheme for those considering a career in journalism.

This year our London office is running a scheme for BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) applicants interested in photography and photojournalism. The placements are unpaid although we will reimburse a daily lunch allowance and reasonable daily travel expenses.

Successful applicants will spend two weeks in our London office, alongside our photographers and picture editors, learning about different aspects of photography. 

You'll be working on our picture desks across the news and features departments and magazines.

You will also have an experienced journalist as a mentor to offer careers advice.


To be considered for a placement you must be at least 18 years old, an EEA resident with the right to work or train in the UK, and be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in photography or photojournalism – for example, experience on a student newspaper or local specialist media or website, and an impressive personal portfolio.

The aim of the scheme is to introduce aspiring journalists or those at the start of their careers to the Guardian's editorial environment. For this reason we regret that experienced professional journalists are not eligible to apply for these placements. Those who have received a previous placement at GNM are not eligible.

Please attach all of the following within ONE document:

Part 1) Your current CV.

Part 2) Please attach a link to your online portfolio or examples of your photography.

Deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 30th March 2020 for this scheme.

*Positive action is covered by section 158 of the Equality Act 2010

We value and respect all differences in all people (seen and unseen) at the Guardian. We aspire to inclusive working experiences and an environment that reflects the audience we serve, where our people have equal access to career development opportunities, their voices are heard and can contribute to our future.