Scroll down to find out more about the bursary recipients due to start their journalism courses in the September 2016 – August 2017 academic year.

Cohort One

Emilia Bona

Emilia Bona

Emilia is a recent graduate from the University of Edinburgh with a BA in Politics. Throughout her time as a student, Emilia has been heavily involved in student media, working as the opinion editorial editor of The Student newspaper, and presenting a number of radio shows on FreshAir.org.uk. Emilia’s enjoyment of student journalism encouraged her to apply for work experience placements at a number of regional newspapers, as well as working freelance for publications including VICE and The Huffington Post. Whilst her passion lies in writing long-form opinion pieces about feminism, sport and political events, Emilia is also keenly interested in the way news reporting allows journalists to tell stories and communicate information to the wider public. Her career ambitions involve political reporting for a national media outlet. She will be starting her NCTJ at News Associates, Manchester, in September 2016.

Olivia Tobin

Olivia Tobin

Having always been passionate about language and creative writing, Olivia Tobin studied English Literature at Leeds Metropolitan University achieving a 2:1. Graduated in July 2014, Olivia then spent five months travelling alone. With aspirations of becoming a journalist, Olivia applied for the NCTJ course on her return which she would not have been able to complete without the support of the diversity fund.
During university, Olivia worked for varying online music publications and after graduation had work placement at her local papers, The Evening Chronicle and The Journal cementing her love of journalism.
Olivia’s goal is to work as a foreign correspondent, covering a range of stories that are often omitted in British media. She aims to make these stories relevant putting them in the public eye.
Further, Olivia wants to take the current coverage that women’s issues receive and expand it as far as she can - covering all stories from all women.
Living in the North East, Olivia is also hugely interested in the way that British press report the North-South divide, especially in the current political climate.

Cohort Two

Jasmine Andersson

Jasmine Andersson has spent a year working as a freelance journalist after her tenure as Editor-In-Chief of The Gryphon, Leeds University's award-winning student newspaper.
During her English Language and Literature degree at Leeds University, Jasmine also completed a year's placement as a reporter for HELLO! Magazine in their Madrid head offices.
Writing on issues of gender, sexuality, sociology and international politics, Jasmine has contributed her work to the likes of The Guardian, The Independent, VICE and The Telegraph, with a keen interest in the thriving world of online journalism. When she is not writing for national media outlets, Jasmine also writes comedy, and uses her creative work to feed into a more satirical look at the news.
In the future, Jasmine sees her work as a cross-disciplinary effort, which will see her catholic base of ideas create investigative news stories, incisive opinion pieces, and intelligent features as she works as a freelance journalist.

Faima Bakar

Faima is a British-Bangladeshi Muslim woman with a degree in literature from Queen Mary University of London. By the age of 22, Faima has had 12 different jobs, throwing herself at various sectors to enrich the variety of experiences that she wants to write about. With this, Faima has also respectively juggled an editorial internship with The Conversation, a digital media internship with Guestlist and also a sales and marketing internship via Creative Access. Blogging has now become an important platform for Faima to write about her life experiences and issues that concern a contemporary society, which she does via Wordpress or BuzzFeed. Faima is particularly interested in writing about religion, feminism, culture and lifestyle.

Katie Boyd

Katie, 34, is an activist for equality. She is a feminist who has passionately lobbied for issues such as The Children's Heartbeat Trust, "Hands Up" Campaign, LGBTQ Rights and for the provision of education for underprivileged, at risk young women.
Leaving the education system at 16, she pursued a career as a beauty therapist.
Becoming a lone parent in recent years has given Katie the drive to fulfil her true potential in order to inspire her young son. Wanting to lead by example, and encourage him to understand that regardless of gender, age or academic standing, you should always follow your dreams. She commences an MA in Journalism at Ulster University in September.

Keane Duncan

Keane Duncan is a 21-year-old politics graduate from Malton, North Yorkshire.
After graduating this summer from the University of York with a First (With Distinction) in politics, Keane is looking forward to commencing on the Multimedia Journalism course with the Press Association in Newcastle.
Keane has previously undertaken a placement producing literature and managing social media for a political party in the run up to the General Election. Most recently, he has written stories for Yorkshire Regional Newspapers, which includes their flagship title, The Scarborough News. During his time at the University of York he also wrote features for York Vision, the UK’s most awarded student newspaper, including an interview with the Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.

Sara-Aisha Kent

Sara-Aisha, 24 is an Anglo-Asian freelance presenter with a degree in English Literature with Creative Writing.
Whilst studying Sara-Aisha undertook work experience in the news room for LBC 97.3. She was selected to spend a semester abroad at the University of Miami where she read and researched the news for the student radio. Upon entering the working world Sara-Aisha has presented for shopping television, a gaming channel and also co-hosted a cooking show.
Following completion of her NCJT Sara-Aisha hopes to secure a job in broadcast journalism.

Cohort Three

Emma Bowden

Emma Bowden

Emma, 21, is from Milton Keynes and is a recent graduate of the University of Leeds, where she achieved a 2.1 in English Language and Literature.

Whilst studying for her degree, Emma gained work experience at Look Magazine, Hachette UK, the Guardian and her local newspaper OneMK, alongside being Lifestyle & Culture print editor for student newspaper The Gryphon.

Although previously writing for more features leaning publications, Emma also has a keen interest in current affairs, politics and education. She hopes to use her experience of attending a low achieving comprehensive school to document this area in the news, and to inspire students from a similar background to pursue their passions as she has.

As the first in her family to go into higher education, Emma was delighted to receive support from the Journalism Diversity Fund and is looking forward to studying MA Print Journalism at the University of Sheffield in September.

Katherine Giddins

Katherine Giddins

Katherine graduated in 2016 from the University of Exeter with a 2.1 degree in Modern Languages.

She is from Northern Ireland and completed her first journalistic work experience at her local newspaper The Coleraine Chronicle. Whilst at University she continued to pursue a passion for journalism and fully immersed herself in student media by contributing to various publications including Exeposé newspaper and The Tab.

She would one day like to be a foreign correspondent, specialising in the stories of underprivileged women in war-torn regions. Katherine will start her NCTJ fast track Multimedia journalism course at Manchester in August 2016.

Daldeep Kaur

Daldeep Kaur

After graduating from Liverpool John Moores University, where she studied Media Prodcution, Daldeep worked for Sky News and Sky Sports News for a year. After being awarded a bursary, she is now studying for her MA Sports Journalism at St Mary’s University.

Throughout her degree she expressed extreme passion and determination, especially during her work placements. Alongside projects for University, she took every opportunity she got for work, and as a result has worked for a number of different organisations in a short space of time, gaining experience within every field.

As well as having experience in presenting, Daldeep has filmed, edited and created her own website. With a keen interest in football, she has worked for Sky Sports News, LFC TV and Daily Star, whilst appearing on guest podcasts for Anfield Index and contributing image and video for Anfield HQ.

Whilst interning at a non-profit organisation namely Asian Women Mean Business, Daldeep created a campaign #AWMBinspiration where she was able to showcase a different inspirational person on a daily basis for 100 days. AWMB were nominated for a National Diversity Award in 2015.

Lilian Maingi

Lilian Maingi

Lilian Maingi is a graduate of City University, her interests lay in current affairs, culture and the arts.

Often presenting an alternate view to seemingly mundane topics, she aims to challenge our view of the wonderful every day and particularly in these subjects of interest.

With this view, Lilian created The Africa News Digest, a news website focusing on news from and about Africa.

The website is set to tell Africa's true story and challenge the currently perpetuated narrative of a crippled, deprived and desolate continent in need.

Lilian also writes for Southwest Londoner and East Africa's largest newspaper, Daily Nation. Her work has also been featured on Essex FM, Gateway Radio, the Basildon Echo, and the Romford Recorder among others.

Sophie Morris

Sophie Morris

Sophie, 21, graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2016, achieving a First Class BA Honours Degree in English and History.
Although Sophie's main interests lie in reporting on current affairs and political issues, she also demonstrated her passion for sport when she was selected to complete a work experience placement with The Guardian sports desk, covering Fernando Alonso's Formula One crash in Australia and the World T20 series.
Most recently, Sophie has completed work experience placements with Bauer Media, ITV and Sky News, where she helped to source stories, pitched ideas to editors, interviewed key people of interest and wrote up content for both online and printed publication.
Sophie is excited to begin studying News Journalism at the Press Association in January 2016.

Charlane Robinson

Charlane Robinson

Charlane is a tenacious Black British 24-year-old woman who has always been passionate about other people’s stories and amplifying voices which may have been overlooked. An English Literature with Creative Writing graduate, she is interested in pursuing a career in investigative journalism.

As soon as she graduated she took herself to Colombia to delve into Latin American culture, interview Colombian presidential candidates and sharpen her journalism skills. It was here she discovered her love of breaking news and the hustle and bustle of newsrooms. Charlane has also completed work experience for the BBC and Colourful Radio. She is a contributing writer for several online publications covering feminism, culture, politics and lifestyle.

As a Care Leaver she wishes to inspire others to pursue their passions and aspires to be well known for her thought provoking articles.