Hearst UK launches paid talent scholarship in partnership with SpareRoom, including free London accommodation

11 September 2020: Hearst UK, the leading premium content and experience business, has today announced the launch of a talent scholarship sponsored by flatshare site SpareRoom.

The initiative will offer successful applicants the chance to work within one of Hearst UK’s editorial teams for two weeks, being paid the London Living Wage, with travel expenses covered, as well as free shared accommodation in a zone 1-3 London property with the other winners.

The Hearst Talent Scholarship is open for anyone to apply, with entrants being asked to tell a story that has never been told before in no more than 500 words. Winners will be selected by leading Hearst UK editors, who will look for originality of voice, tone and subject matter. The scholarships are set to take place in February 2021, Covid-19 permitting.

Dionne Maxwell, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Lead, Hearst UK, says: “At Hearst UK, we’re on a journey to create an environment where everyone feels like they truly belong. We believe that everyone, no matter what their background, deserves a chance to pursue their dream career. We hope that the Hearst Talent Scholarship, sponsored by SpareRoom, will not only open the door to people who may not otherwise have that opportunity, but also arm them with the tools and support to truly flourish.”

James Wildman CEO, Hearst UK | President, Hearst Europe, adds: “I’m extremely proud to launch the Hearst Talent Scholarship. Talent is the life blood of our company, and we believe a diversity of voices and ideas will make Hearst UK, and the products we create, as unique as we are. We’re delighted to partner with SpareRoom to provide successful applicants with the opportunity to live rent free whilst they gain invaluable experience working on some of our trusted brands.”

Matt Hutchinson, Communications Director, SpareRoom, says: “At SpareRoom we’re passionate about the idea that everyone should have the chance to live a fulfilled and productive life. But all too often, affordability means people miss out on career opportunities, especially if it means affording to live in an expensive city like London. We’re delighted to be able to play a part in this great initiative and hopefully help a few people take an opportunity they’d otherwise miss out on.”

Find out more details here.

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More media enquiries contact:

Ben Bolton
Deputy Head of PR & Communications,
020 7439 5218 / 07793 795 919
ben.bolton@hearst.co.uk

About Hearst UK:
Hearst UK publishes 25 brands including Esquire, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping. Our print and digital brands reach over one in three UK women and one in four UK men every month, and our trusted content engages them wherever they are. We sell over four million magazines a month, we reach 20+ million UK digital unique users and we have more than 79 million likes and follows through via our social media platforms.

Hearst UK’s events division – Hearst Live – connects with over a million people a year through events such as Country Living Fairs, Esquire Townhouse and Red Smart Women Week. Our licensed brand extensions include Country Living sofas and hotels, Esquire apparel and accessories and Men’s Health?home?gym?equipment. We also have a growing operation offering accreditation through the state-of-the-art testing facility at the Good Housekeeping Institute.

About SpareRoom:
SpareRoom is the UK's leading flatshare site with over 10 million registered users. Founded in the UK in 2004, the company expanded into the American market in 2011 and is now the leading dedicated roommate-matching service in the US.

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