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And the winner is ...

Published on Wednesday, 14th December 2016

Designer and Illustrator Jasmine Thompson wins the SXSW Apprenticeship.

At the Social Media Week closing party on Friday 18th November, we announced the lucky winner of our SXSW Apprenticeship who goes on to five months of mentoring culminating in a trip to SXSW, the world's largest interactive conference in Austin Texas in March 2017.

Over the summer, we ran a campaign on Fundsurfer and raised £3000 towards the costs of the trip and we are immensely grateful to everyone who contributed to help make this initivative happen.

Working with youth empowerment group Babbasa, we started the search for our apprentice asking candidates to tell us in 500 words why they were worthy of this opportunity of a life time.  We received 15 applications and shortlisted eight who were interviewed by Chris Thurling, Ed Thomas (Doubleshot TV and Creative Director mentor) and Urfan Ali at the end of October.  Chris Thurling said "We spent a wonderfully inspiring morning interviewing these smart and clever young people who we felt all deserved to be working in the creative sector. The candidates were all so strong that the interview panel struggled to make a final decision so in the end we decided to offer two runners up the opportunity for mentoring, as well as a winner". The two runners up are Emma Morsi and Molly Perryman and our congratulations go to them.

The winner of our apprenticeship who will be undertaking the five months of mentoring and travelling to SXSW with the 22 strong Bristol & Bath delegation is Jasmine Thompson, freelance artist and illustrator and content creator at Rife Magazine.  Jasmine specialises in editoral illustration and writing, storyboarding, reportage, to character design. When she heard she had been successful, Jasmine was initially speechless, "I couldn't believe that the panel had chosen me from all the other candidates but I'm so excited by this opportunity and to be visiting SXSW in Austin is a dream come true".

At Bristol Media we recognise the need for a more diverse workforce and that there are young people within the city who are talented, skilled and eager to work in our sector.  We hope this is the first in a line of stories which will show that Bristol and Bath Agencies are embracing these young people and offering them the opportunities which will be so beneficial both to them and to the long term future of our creative industry.  If you would like to get involved with mentoring a young person or offering an apprenticeship, please email

There will be regular updates on Jasmine's progress over the coming months in the build up to her trip to Austin, so keep an eye on the website and follow Jasmine's journey on Twitter @jazzaa_