Scroll down to find out more about the bursary recipients due to start their journalism courses in the September 2015 – August 2016 academic year.

Cohort One

Ellie Caddick

Ellie Caddick

Ellie, 22, graduated last year from Swansea University where she studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

Since graduating she has worked in public relations and marketing in order to fund her move to study in Manchester.

She was born and raised in Cardiff and has always loved sport. Ellie was able to pursue her love at her university’s newspaper as a sports reporter writing on rugby union, rugby league and football.

Ellie has worked at the South Wales Evening Post and has written Six Nations analysis for The London Economic.

In September, Ellie will be starting a full-time sports journalism multimedia diploma with Sportsbeat/News Associates in Manchester.

Ellie hopes to explore many areas of journalism and she is excited to start her course at the same time as England hosts the Rugby World Cup.

Emily Collis

Emily Collis

Emily is a recent graduate of the University of Sussex where she achieved a first class honours degree in History.

Her interests include fashion, writing and art.

Her passion for writing drove her to study for a degree in History, where her interest in journalism grew during various internships including one with Fabulous magazine at The Sun newspaper.

Over the last few years, Emily has written on a freelance basis for several online publications and companies requiring web content.

Emily started her NCTJ fast-track course in September with Brighton Journalist Works.

Stephanie Finnegan

Stephanie Finnegan

Stephanie, 22, graduated from Ulster University in 2014 with a 2:1 in a Journalism with Photo Imaging degree.

She has always had a passion for written and visual communication, writing her own stories and also illustrating them herself as a child, but it was while studying for her GCSEs that she realised she could use these skills to tell stories that really mattered to society.

Stephanie has worked as a freelance journalist at the North Belfast News, where she was bylined for both front page stories in her second week. She has had placements at UTV, ni4kids and podcast website Podium.me, from which her interview clips were chosen to be included in an episode of BBC Radio 1’s The Surgery. Her experience also includes writing for her university magazine, Ufouria, and AU Magazine’s website. In her spare time, Stephanie blogs about culture and arts news in Northern Ireland.

Stephanie would like to specialise in crime or culture and hopes to one day become an editor.

In September, Stephanie will start the full-time Journalism master’s degree at University of Sunderland. She is looking forward to the difference that an NCTJ qualification combined with further experience will make to her career.

Rachael Grealish

Rachael Grealish

Rachael is from a small town in Cumbria and has a 2:1 in drama performance and theatre arts from Staffordshire University but for years now she has found a passion for journalism.

Since 2014 she has dedicated her time to a local newspaper in Cumbria where she has not only seen it through its transition from black and white to colour and established an online and social media presence for the paper, but she has also spent nearly a year at the reigns as its editor in addition to experience at various other regional newspapers and online magazines.

Rachael not only found her feet as a journalist through her local newspaper, but she is also a passionate beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger with a successful online presence. As well as a love of journalism, Rachael still maintains her love of theatre. An avid theatre goer, she has assisted the development of the theatre performances at her younger sibling’s primary school.

Rachael is driven, enthusiastic, tenacious and always on the hunt for a brilliant news story or feature.

Rachael will be completing her NCTJ at the Brighton Journalist Works commencing September 2015.

Kal Sajad

Kal Sajad

Kal graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University with a 1st Class Honours in Media and Cultural Studies in 2009.

Whilst undertaking his degree, Kal gained work experience with talkSPORT radio station in London and then a placement at BBC Radio Kent as a broadcast assistant. Whilst still at university, he was offered a casual contract by the BBC and continued to report as a freelancer for two years.

Due to personal circumstances his career deviated away from journalism and Kal has forged a career in the online communications sector, currently working for the educational charity Teach First. However, he has kept alive his passion for journalism through volunteering at Shoreditch FM, a community radio station in East London, as a pundit on the Liquorice Allsports weekly show and podcast. Kal is hugely passionate about sports including boxing, cricket and football. He currently writes boxing articles for VAVEL Sports Magazine, an online international sport publication.

Kal will be leaving his job at Teach First in September and studying for an MA in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Salford. Excited that the campus is based in Media City, he is looking forward to working towards a career in sport journalism.

Axel Trendell

Axel Trendell

Axel Trendell has just finished a two year BTEC Level 3 in Journalism course at Harlow College. Prior to his studies, he embarked on a career as a footballer, having been accepted into a football academy.

During his studies, he undertook a variety of journalism based work experience writing match reports for his local football club and managing their website as head of the club’s press team.

Axel has also been the host of a local radio show, focussing on sport and is currently seeking relevant newspaper-based work experience. He hopes to pursue a career in sports journalism with his dream to be a sports commentator for foreign football.

Axel is awaiting the beginning of his NCTJ course in September at the Harlow campus of Anglia Ruskin University. Coming from a low income family and the first to go on to higher education, Axel hasn’t been able to pursue a sporting career through various injuries, so concentrating on the creative side of sports journalism has enabled him to carry on being close to sport.

David Wilkins

David Wilkins

David Wilkins is a hard working, cheerful and reliable journalism graduate studying for an NCTJ fast track course at Brighton Journalist Works.

David is totally blind with no light perception at all and is partially deaf with hearing aids in both ears. He applied for the Journalism Diversity Fund to assist in taking his course. The fund provided him enough money to cover his course and living expenses, something he is grateful for.

David has worked as a journalist in Cape Town, South Africa for The Big Issue Magazine's South African branch and for the BBC in both Guernsey and Lincoln.

He has a 2:1 BA Honours degree in Journalism and News Media combined with Creative Writing and a passion for news, politics and national and international affairs. His dream job is to be a foreign correspondent in South Africa, or Jerusalem.

Cohort Two

Hannah Anstee

Hannah is 37 and a mature student, she has had a varied career within the public service sector but has been incrementally developing her career in a new direction for a number of years towards journalism.

She completed internships at News Associates and then YOGA Magazine where she is now a freelance writer. She has recently written travel features on Ibiza and the Caribbean.

Hannah is now the Beauty Editor for YOGA Magazine and is responsible for creating content with a focus on natural and green products.

Hannah writes about yoga, wellbeing and travel but also enjoys writing about current affairs and women’s issues.

Her dream job would be working as a staff writer at VICE magazine. She starts the Magazine Journalism MA at The University Of Central Lancashire in September.

Clinton Forde

Clinton, 30, graduated from Coventry University in 2007 with a Sports Management degree. Using his love for sports and exercise, he pursued a career within sports development and coaching dedicating his working life to enhancing the future talent of tomorrow through physical education.

Fuelled by his everlasting desire to work within the journalism field, Clinton volunteered his time and efforts to gain vital broadcast journalism experience working for the likes of London based radio stations BANG Radio, Hayes FM and Rinse FM honing his craft and passion for music and sports in the process.

Inspired by the story of former journalist, and fellow Hayes representative, Greg Dyke, Clinton vows to bring Sports Development articles to the forefront of mainstream media through his passion-led enthusiasm for grassroots sports related issues.

Having worked within his local community for the past 10 years covering various social and economic stories through national media, he now feels the time is right to expand his expertise and gain employment as a full-time sports journalist. Clinton has secured a Master’s Degree placement at the University of Sunderland in 2015/16 and hopes to follow in the footsteps of talented black sports reporters, like Ore Oduba, and in turn address the under representation of black men in sports journalism.

Gemma Louise Hodgson

Gemma originally trained in Musical Theatre but long before she thought of treading the boards she was dreaming about becoming a journalist and writer having her first article published when she was 9 years old on the Newsround Presspack Ceefax page.

Over the past 18 months, after being diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and becoming a wheelchair user, she has immersed herself fully into the world of journalism. She has appeared a number of times as a guest debater on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and currently works as a roving sports reporter for Radio Peterborough as well as developing the blog Wheely Sporty Girl, where she reports on her sporting adventures in the hope that it will encourage more disabled people to get involved in sport.

After graduating from her MA in Sports Journalism at St Mary's University, Twickenham, Gemma wishes to pursue a career as a sports journalist and broadcaster focusing on disability sport from grassroots to professional level, raising its profile so it can share the media spotlight equally with other sports such as football, rugby, tennis and cricket.

Alex Howell

Alex Howell graduated from the University of Brighton in 2014 after studying Sports Coaching BSc.

He has always had an interest in sports and played football from a very young age as well as having an interest in media, particularly broadcast journalism and presenting. Alex pursued this interest applying for a role as a TV presenter/broadcast journalist at Crystal Palace football club making it to the final three candidates from the best part of 100.

Alex gained work experience at The Argus newspaper in Brighton, writing on life in Redhill and Reigate, to increase his chances of securing a role as a broadcast journalist in the future.

His dream job would be to be a broadcast journalist or TV presenter, specialising in sport, particularly football.

Alex will be studying at the Brighton Journalist Works commencing September 2015.

Eve Langford

Eve, 28, graduated from the University of Hull with a degree in Drama in 2008.

After six years working in television and communications, she felt like she was ready to pursue her long cherished ambition to become a sports journalist.

Eve has been passionate about sport since her childhood, with a particular interest in athletics and rugby. She has competed in a range of sports, from triathlon to ballroom dancing. With her wide ranging interest in and enthusiasm for off-beat sports, she feels she can help to raise the profile of lesser known sports.

In recent years Eve has developed her writing style whilst volunteering for the British Athletics Supporters Club as feature writer and sub editor for their magazine Backtrack. She has contributed articles to Athletics Weekly and is currently writing for the website TheSportReview before starting her course in September.

Eve is also developing an interest in online content, both through her position as the Twitter correspondent for the British Athletics Supporters Club and her work in video production and script writing.

Nine out of ten sports journalists are men, so Eve is looking forward to entering the field with a fresh perspective and hopes to inspire other women to follow in her footsteps.

Dominic Thomas

Dominic Thomas is a 21-year-old English graduate from Llanelli and has pursued a career in sports journalism since he was at school as it combines his passions for both sports and writing.

Studying English Language and Literature at the St Hilda's College, Oxford, he was supported by a bursary founded by the Reuben's Foundation and graduated this year with a 2:1.

Dominic has so far gained experience at his local newspapers, the Llanelli Star and South Wales Evening Post covering news and sport, and also at the Daily Mail whilst at Oxford.

Dominic’s dream job would be to cover rugby abroad, either in New Zealand, or in an emerging rugby nation like Italy, to help be involved in the promotion of the sport as it grows, and to experience different cultures. He also aims to be involved in covering global sporting events like the Olympic Games and rugby and football World Cups.

He is now looking forward to studying for a Fast-track Multimedia Journalism Diploma at Manchester News Associates and is excited about learning to work with different media platforms.

Cohort Three

Tom Eden

Tom Eden

Tom, 23, is from Reading, but has spent the past five years in Wales, first at University studing journalism and then working in both the media and politics.
After his time at university, he worked in various roles in Welsh politics, including throughout the May's General Election campaign, alongside writing for several newspapers in the South Wales valleys.
He has just begun the Press Association's 17-week multimedia journalism course, where he is looking forward to developing his writing skills, as well as getting to grips with shorthand.

Thomas Hewitt

Thomas Hewitt

Thomas, 25, is an aspiring and upcoming journalist who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of Autism, at the age of 18.

In the past, Thomas has successfully published written articles for a variety of online and newspaper publications, including the Nottingham Post and Nottingham Local News. In addition, Thomas has also completed assignments for a number of exclusive organisations, including well-renowned footballing team Notts County Football Club.

Thomas has achieved high levels of success, comprising of winning a writing competition for footballing news website, Fanbookz, and is looking to continue building and maintaining positive working relationships within the industry.

After recently graduating with a 2:1 Bachelor Honours Degree in Digital Media Design, Thomas is now set to commence on a full time one year Master’s degree in Newspaper Journalism at Nottingham Trent University, which concludes in July 2016.

Charlotte Ryan

Charlotte Ryan

Charlotte is a 25-year-old who graduated from Edinburgh University in 2009 with a degree in French and Spanish, although she spent most of her time writing for the university newspaper The Student. She then moved to Colombia, where she freelanced in financial journalism and started the English language newspaper The Bogota Post. On her return, she was able to take a place on the MA Multimedia Journalism course at Glasgow Caledonian University thanks to the JDF. As someone who can't currently manage to take a photo on her phone without her finger ending up on the lens, she is looking forward to learning how to operate a camera as well as receiving formal training to get rid of all the bad habits she is sure she has picked up freelancing.

Originally from Scotland, Charlotte is interested in local issues as well as international affairs. She hopes to become a foreign correspondent one day, inspired by the fantastic work done by local and international journalists while she was living in Colombia.

Shruti Sheth

Shruti Sheth

Shruti, 28, graduated in 2008 with a degree in Arts Management and Journalism. Her passion for journalism started at age 12 when she started contributing to her school's weekly newspaper.

She went on to work on her college newspaper and present a daily news segment on her University radio station, Demon FM. Reading and writing are both passions of hers and she undertook various placements at BBC Radio Leicester following graduation. She has recently written a piece on women in editorial positions in newsrooms for Press Gazette and worked with BBC Radio Leicester to create a documentary around Asian weddings and how they help to push Leicester's economy forward. She also has her own blog where she writes about issues which affect her in day-to-day life.

Shruti was raised in India, Dubai and Leicester and can converse fluently in Hindi and Gujarati. She is passionate about women's issues and bullying in particular, and is looking forward to helping make a difference and make voices heard using the power of the written word.

She has started an NCTJ-accredited fast-track course in Newspaper Journalism at Lambeth College from September 2015.

Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith

Joe, 26, graduated from the University of Westminster in 2011 with a BA in English Literature.

Raised in Glastonbury, Joe had his first taste of journalism at age 16 on a work experience placement with the Central Somerset Gazette.

Since graduating he has made his living as a freelance journalist, screenwriter and copywriter alongside stints as an English teacher and a chef. He has written for local and regional publications as well as being published in the Telegraph Online. Joe also volunteers for The Bristol Cable, a community media co-op where he covers local politics and green issues. He is passionate about social justice, travel, foreign affairs and good food.

Working for The Bristol Cable fired Joe’s love of investigative journalism, now his chosen field. He is looking forward to starting his Newspaper Journalism course at Cardiff University this September.

Cohort Four

Beth Baldwin

Beth Baldwin

Beth graduated from Northumbria University in 2010 with a degree in English Language. During this time she interned at a variety of local papers including the Newcastle Chronicle. After graduating she worked as the Marketing and Editorial intern for Mslexia Magazine. Since 2012 Beth has taught English in the UK, Spain, Czech Republic, Italy and Hong Kong. While abroad she wrote countless blogs and worked as a contributor to an online magazine called At the Grapevine.

Originally from Newcastle, Beth has a keen interest in local politics and issues which represent her region. She like to write about issues affecting young people, women's rights and current affairs. However, after nearly two years in Hong Kong she has developed a fascination with China and aims to become a foreign correspondent there in the future.

Dayo Laniyan

Dayo Laniyan

Dayo, 22, graduated from De Montfort University with a 2:1 in his History and Journalism degree.

From a young age, he realised one of his best talents was writing and communicating to others, who have always taken note on how engaging his words have been both written and spoken. Therefore, he has chosen to use this skill to bring his views and contributions to the world at large.

Cutting his teeth on the university newspaper The Demon, he became the Opinion Editor for the online branch of the student publication for a year. From there, he has gained experience in several news publications such as The Tablet, Moonproject, London 360 and NaijalivingUK, where he represented the magazine in press events and interviews. Even in at his retail job at Cineworld he was recognised, using his access to free films to write film reviews for his branch.
Dayo would like to specialise in Entertainment or even History, and writing for a magazine such as Total Film or Empire would be a dream come true to him.

Dayo will be starting an NCTJ fast-track course in January at Lambeth College, believing that the qualification will give his career the kick-start it needs.

Mantej Mann

Mantej Mann

Mantej Mann, 22, is an aspiring Sports Journalist. He graduated from Cardiff University in July 2015 with a degree in English Language and will start the Press Association Multimedia Sports Reporting course in London in January 2016.

Mantej’ passion for sport stems from his participation at school, he played rugby union at county level for Warwickshire, played on his district’s cricket team and is still involved as a footballer with GGNP FC (an amateur football team affiliated with a Sikh temple in Coventry). Mantej aims to raise the profile of Asians in football through my work.

While a student at Cardiff he wrote sports articles for the university newspaper, Gair Rhydd, including a piece for the build up to the Welsh Varsity. Mantej also has professional experience from spending time at the Coventry Telegraph and Liverpool Echo with some of his work being published online and in print for both newspapers.

Abiola Olanipekun

Abiola Olanipekun

Abiola, a conscientious yet vibrant 28 year old raised in Hackney, has always had an interest in reading, writing and performing arts.

Recently Abiola gained an extensive interest in welfare, with particular focus on issues such as internships, housing and mental health.

After obtaining a BA in Creative Writing at Roehampton University in 2009, then graduating in 2010, Abiola has worked in a variety of roles and sectors. She also used to routinely write for the Social Sciences blog at the British Library and press summaries about relevant selected stories (plus tweeting relevant news) at NHS Confederation. Abiola has also had a hand at copywriting during her internship at BBH in 2011 and magazine work for a youth charity in 2010.

Abiola hopes to write welfare or contemporary issue based articles as an in-house journalist who enjoys blogging too, she’d also like to revisit copywriting as well.

In February, Abiola will start her NCTJ Multimedia Diploma at News Associates.

The 2015-16 bursaries are now closed, for more information on the application process, click here.