DistriPress Training Foundation (DTF)


In 1970, the DistriPress Training Scheme Committee (TSC) was established. The concept was conceived by Pat Street in his role as Newsstand Director at Newsweek. During his travels in Africa, Asia and Latin America, Pat had identified the need to support press development in these continents. His idea was to encourage the exchange of knowledge and experience between publishers and distributors in less developed regions with their colleagues in more industrialised areas.

Following Pat’s death in 1979, it was decided that the TSC would set up a foundation in his honour to continue his work. This was known as The Pat Street Memorial Scholarship Fund. This was duly incorporated in 1981 and remained a training body until 1997, when the decision was made to re-name it as the DistriPress Training Foundation, to support DistriPress member companies in the training and development of their people.

Mission and Values

The DistriPress Training Foundation is an independent, self-governing, non-profit organisation registered in Zurich and subject to Swiss law. Whilst the name may have changed over the years, the mission and values of the DTF have been consistent: to promote free press by encouraging people who work in the industry to share and exchange their knowledge, and to provide learning tools to help develop our leaders of the future from across the DistriPress membership and the press industry.

Since 1981, around 50 candidates have benefited from the original scheme, which was based on placing nominated trainee candidates in to a DistriPress member companies for 2 weeks.

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Singapore 1973. Pat Street, the originator of the Distripress Training Scheme Committee, now DTF.
The Mediastar team in India shared their knowledge with the DTF’s 2015 candidate, Karuna Maharjan from Bazaar in Nepal.
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The Training Foundation is sponsoring one free place on the Empower 2022 Programme

The DistriPress Training Foundation is pleased to announce a partnership with the Association of Circulation Executives for the Empower 2022 Programme.

The cost for a single delegate is £2400.00 + VAT but we are offering one person the opportunity for a free place on the highly regarded programme.

The Empower Programme is designed to support anyone building a career in the newspaper and magazine industry. It will help you develop skills, increase knowledge and make contacts.

Mode: Online
Program Start Date: 7 October 2022

More details about the Programme here

Please submit your application no later than 12 Aug 2022, 00.00 hrs BST at the link below:

Application Form

The DistriPress Training Foundation Committee will review your application during August and will use the email you provide in the application form to advise you of the result by 9 September.