Championing rising stars since 2003

Print Futures Awards

Our Print Futures Awards offer grants of up to £1,500 each to fund relevant UK training courses to specifically develop individuals’ professional and personal skill sets and to help them progress in their careers. These Awards for rising stars have grown into the largest single awards programme for people aged 18 to 30 years in the UK printing, paper, packaging, publishing, and graphic arts sector.

Case Study: Jem Collins, 2019 winner

Jem Collins is the founder, director, and editor of Journo Resources, a non-profit organisation that aims to help young people break into and progress within the journalism industry. She is also a trustee for the Student Publication Association and a co-founder of The Second Source, a group that aims to support women in the media. She also works as a freelance journalist for outlets including the iPaper, Metro.co.uk, RightsInfo, and others.

Anyone can start a website. You find the right domain name, cheap hosting, and claim your social media accounts. In 2016 I created Journo Resources late one evening, frustrated by the pervasive problems still surrounding access to the media.

It seemed like simple things to me. Why not list all of the graduate schemes in one place? Why not create detailed guides to the process so those without insider knowledge are less disadvantaged? Why aren’t we sharing details on pay and freelance rates? Why aren’t we sharing the pitches that worked?

Journo Resources started as a side project, but I realised it could become something much bigger. In August 2017 I registered it as a non-profit limited company. For the next year I cobbled the content together around my full-time job, and was pleasantly surprised when I added up the takings to some £800 – enough to professionally rebuild the website.

The big break came in 2018, when I won the Georgina Henry Prize for Digital Innovation at the Press Awards, along with a £3,000 prize. I went part-time at my job and really went for it, whether it was launching a job board, an advice section or running events.

The site is now viewed more than 30,000 times a month. Our events have attracted more than 2,500 people and two-thirds of them agreed that they’d become more confident in their careers as a result. What’s more, we were set to turn over about £10,000 for the year, something that seemed unachievable when looking at the previous years’ accounts.

The site had proven potential and I felt like I only had one chance. I knew I could top up my own income with freelance work to pay the rent, but the one thing I needed was a computer. I’d been using one owned by my employers and, while it was a comparatively small expense, it was one I couldn’t afford, which is where the Print Futures Awards came in.

I bought my MacBook, left my job, and am working on Journo Resources full-time, as well as freelance reporting projects. I’ve been given the chance to make a go of a project I passionately feel can shake up our incredibly un-diverse industry.

We’re now reaching more people, finding more ways to increase our income, and it’s growing. Sometimes all you need is for someone to give you a little push before you launch – and for me, that was the Print Futures Awards.

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Eligibility and dates

Applicants must be 18 – 30 years old and of UK residency.

Grants cannot be used to pay for employers’ own staff training costs so we ask applicants to think about what they need to help them develop, particularly looking at training for some of the softer skills that are often overlooked.

2020 applications open 24th February

91 winners

in 2019 with 248 applicants

417 Awards

given since 2009

68%

of winner’s women in 2019