Catch 22 welcomes the new Minister

for the Creative Industries

Minister for Creative Industries Ed Vaizey at Catch 22 

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey visited the Catch 22 headquarters on Wednesday this week to find out first hand how such a small social enterprise is transforming the world of journalism.

Making good use of his oyster card Mr Vaizey arrived at the offices via the tube and was accompanied by an entourage of aides. The minister was then taken on a tour of the social enterprise, and given an overview by some of the trainees on the journalism programme.

As well as tweeting about the visit the minister said: “A healthy media sector should reflect the diversity of its society. Catch 22 does an important job of nurturing aspiring young journalists who might otherwise find it difficult to break into this highly competitive industry.

“The young people I met in Tottenham showed great drive, enthusiasm and ambition and I've no doubt the support that has been given to them by this project will have a really positive impact on their future careers.”

Although based in north London, Catch 22 recruits trainees from across the capital. The company challenges the elitism found within the media industry and champions aspiring young journalists who would not usually get a foot in the door due to their social profile.

Rianna Raymond-Williams, a current trainee at Catch 22 said: “I found out about Catch 22 online and from a friend who applied at the same time as I did. This course gives us hands on experience in journalism and gives us placement opportunities to put the skills we've learnt into practice.”

Commenting on Mr Vaizey’s visit, Tokunbo Ajasa-Oluwa, the founder of Catch 22 said: “It is very important and pleasing that the pioneering work of Catch 22 is recognised by the new government, particularly the Minister for the Creative Industries, considering the industry we serve is under his watch.”