Journalism Diversity Fund winners announced

Five aspiring journalists have been awarded bursaries by the Journalism Diversity Fund following interviews with a panel of media professionals.

Laura Cronk (24), Sophie McCoid (21), Liam Moffett (18), Andreas Mullings (23) and Lamiat Sabin (25) were successful in securing bursaries to help them complete their NCTJ training.

They will be studying NCTJ-accredited courses at Lambeth College, Press Association Training (Newcastle), Leeds Trinity University College and News Associates respectively.

Interviews took place at Pearson in London on Friday, 7 December.

The panels, which consisted of Jayne Atherton, business and personal finance editor, Metro UK; Dave Betts, senior home news editor, Sky News; Shevon Houston, events and website manager, NCTJ; Roger Kasper, editor, Sevenoaks Chronicle; Geoff Martin, editor, Hampstead and Highgate Express; Hugh Muir, diary editor, The Guardian; Lisa Nelson, Journalism Diversity Fund intern, NCTJ and Cheryl Varley, Talent Development Manager, BBC, quizzed interviewees on their passion for journalism, financial need and diversity.

Bursaries are awarded four times a year to students studying 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.

The fourth group of bursaries for the academic year September 2012- August 2013 are now open. The application deadline is Friday, 21 December 2012 at 5pm.

Please see here for more details.

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