Cohort 2 bursaries awarded for 2016/2017 academic year

Cohort 2 of the Journalism Diversity Fund has now concluded with the awarding of seven bursaries for the 2016/2017 academic year. These up-and-coming journalists were awarded funding to begin their journalism training at NCTJ-accredited courses beginning this September.

Bursaries were awarded to:

  • Jasmine Andersson. News Associates Manchester
  • Faima Bakar, Press Association Training London
  • Katie Boyd, Ulster University
  • Keane Duncan, Press Association Training Newcastle
  • Sara-Aisha Kent, Press Association Training London
  • Josh Kitto, News Associates London
  • Jennifer Stout, Ulster University

The interviews were kindly hosted by Press Association on Friday, 17 June. The morning interviewing panel consisted of Joanne Butcher, chief executive, NCTJ; Lisa Mitchell, head of production, Press Association and Leo Whitlock, editor, Kentish Gazette. 

The afternoon interviewing panel consisted of Laurie Tucker, day editor, Sky Sports News; Helen Lewis, deputy editor, the New Statesman and Stephen Mitchell, director, NCTJ.

The interviewees were quizzed on their passion for journalism, financial need and diversity.

Bursaries are awarded four times a year to students planning to study an NCTJ-accredited course. They are awarded to students from socially or ethnically diverse backgrounds and can help them cover the cost of course fees and living expenses.

This was the second round of bursaries granted for the academic year between September 2016 and August 2017.

Applications for the next cohort are currently being accepted until Wednesday, 13 July. The full schedule and application form can be found here.

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