CSV is expanding its journalists' network to include media graduates as part of an ongoing campaign to increase the number of skilled media professionals who can help charities communicate their message.
The network, which started last year, has 250 experienced journalists helping 250 small charities. Until recently, it had only asked current and former journalists to use their contacts and provide their skills free of charge to charities with little or no communications budget.
But it approached university course tutors last month in an attempt to widen the campaign to media and PR graduates. "Students have seen it as a good work experience opportunity and we've already had 25 sign-ups," said Susan Taylor, who oversees the network.
Additionally, the network sent request materials to around 50 broadcasters and publications earlier this year.