The representation of young people from diverse backgrounds entering the US news and media industry is disproportionately low, leading to an overall under-representation in the workforce.
Hear from Matt Fottrell, Vice President, Financial Times, US Managing Director, FT Specialist, about a unique program the FT recently launched in the U.S. (modeled on their successful London program) designed to take steps to remedy this situation. The News School program provides an introduction and pathway to the news industry for young people from under-represented backgrounds. The FT launched this unique program in the U.S. after a successful trial in London last year. It provides a terrific example of how media organizations can take steps to foster diverse representation in the industry.
Matt Fottrell is vice president of the Financial Times in the US and managing director of FT Specialist, a global portfolio of business and finance titles. Based in New York, he is a member of the FT’s management board.
Fottrell was appointed vice president in 2018 and is responsible for building the FT’s presence and footprint in the US. He has been managing director of FT Specialist since 2014 and leads all aspects of publishing, from editorial content and product development to subscription sales and marketing. Under his leadership, FT Specialist has acquired several businesses, including Money Media, MandateWire and GIS Planning.
Fottrell joined the FT Group in London in 1999, working in advertising across a range of titles, before becoming publisher of FT Business. In 2006, he was promoted to publisher of FTfm, and later took on responsibility for all financial advertising at the FT.