Inaugural interns at the Financial Times

As part of the internship programme funded by the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation, Henry Mance and James Shotter are currently writing for the Financial Times in London. Henry and James are the first Marjorie Deane interns to be placed at the FT.

The foundation, which also awards internships at The Economist, aims to promote excellence in financial journalism. Many of the interns that the foundation has supported have gone on to successful careers in journalism at a variety of outlets around the world.

Henry writes for the´s beyondbrics blog. He says:

“I had some experience of journalism before my Marjorie Deane placement: setting up a street-paper in Colombia, and freelancing for the BBC and The Guardian. But both financial journalism and the UK newsroom were unfamiliar to me, so working on the FT´s beyondbrics blog has meant an enjoyable bombardment of new concepts and contacts. The blog is an invitation for quick thinking and quicker typing, and I´m very grateful for the award that has made my time here possible.”

James is a member of the newspaper´s leader-writing team. He says:

“After getting hooked on journalism writing for a student newspaper in Vienna, I spent a happy summer in the Britain section at The Economist in London. Having then had a spell on the foreign desk at Die Welt in Berlin, I came back to England to look for a space at a London paper. When the offer of a Marjorie Deane internship on the leader-writing team at the Financial Times came along, I jumped at the chance. It has been a thoroughly rewarding and engrossing experience. Wherever my career takes me, I know that my time as a Marjorie Deane fellow will stand me in good stead.”