2019-20 bursary recipients

One of the four rounds of bursaries for the 2019-20 academic year have been awarded. Find out about each of our bursary recipients below.

Shazad Hussain

Rachael Davis

Niall Evans

Kiro Evans

Georgia Simcox

Camomile Shumba

Anita Khakpour-Langary

Aman Pathiara

Amaliah Marmon-Halm

Shazad Hussain

Shazad will study the NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma at City of Wolverhampton College and intends to investigate under-represented topics like race, faith and identity in football. On viewing parks and five-a-side-pitches, Shazad noticed a plethora of South Asians, yet their presence decreases significantly at football grounds. One reason Shazad cites for the lack of South Asians in the British media industry is due to the constant negative narratives of Muslims and Pakistanis, leaving one feeling unrepresented and unwanted. Subsequently, Shazad hopes to create a space in the British sports journalism world for Muslim and South Asian voices.

Rachael Davis

Rachael is a Bath Spa University English literature graduate, and from September she will be studying towards the NCTJ diploma part-time with Press Association Training in London. She comes from rural Norfolk with a working-class background, so is keen to bring her experiences and perspective into newsrooms which she feels are often disproportionately middle-class and privately-educated. Rachel is so grateful to be a recipient of the Journalism Diversity Fund this year – and says that being able to take her first big step into the world of journalism without financial stress is wonderful.

Niall Evans

Niall has recently graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in BA (Hons) journalism and communications and has experience of producing news and features for Discovered Magazine. He has recently completed a work placement at the South Wales Argus and looks forward to spending a week at WalesOnline in summer 2019. By studying the NCTJ-accredited MA news journalism course at Cardiff University, Niall hopes to better represent Wales’ working class communities in the press.

Kiro Evans

Kiro Evans will begin his NCTJ course with Press Association Training in August. He is aiming to complete the NCTJ diploma in news and sports reporting and learn all the necessary skills to succeed in either industry. He will bring diversity to the newsroom by attempting to offer perspectives informed from his background and experiences that he feels have for too long been ignored by much of the media. He will also attempt to identify and highlight stories that will be of interest to a wider constituency of readers.

Georgia Simcox

Georgia has a place at News Associates London after graduating from the University of Warwick. The first in her family to go to university after growing up in social housing, she feels she can offer a new perspective to the newsroom. Georgia’s interest in journalism took off when she started writing for the student newspaper, The Boar, of which she was books editor in her final year. Work experience at The Observer, The Sun and The Times solidified her determination to succeed in the industry, despite the financial obstacles. She eventually wants to go into political journalism.

Camomile Shumba

In September, due to the support of the Journalism Diversity Fund, Camomile will be studying on the 22 week fast-track multimedia journalism course at News Associates in London. She feels she will bring diversity to the newsroom, and as a migrant from Zimbabwe, a country with complicated issues, she feels she can handle international crisis with care. Camomile is dyslexic and has ADHD. As a result, she has a wild imagination which sieves difficult messages for people with disabilities. She also believes that women should support women.

Anita Khakpour-Langary

Anita feels fortunate to be starting her NCTJ-accredited course at the highly reputable News Associates. She is extremely humbled to have been awarded this bursary and with it she hopes to encourage more Persian women into the newsroom. As her father was studying in the UK during the revolution, he has since been unable to return to his home country. Hence, the news occupied their household each evening, partly disseminating information and partly helping her parents feel closer to home. As a result, she was brought up watching women like Christiane Amanpour and she aspires to inspire those similar to herself that feel under-represented.

Aman Pathiara

Aman is a 29-year-old freelancer, and has worked as a sub-editor for Sky Sports and a content editor for UEFA. Having spent eight years working within higher education following graduation with a BA in journalism from the University of Roehampton in 2011, Aman hopes that the multimedia journalism diploma from News Associates can help him make the transition from freelancer to fully-fledged journalist.

Amaliah Marmon-Halm

Having always been a keen writer, Amaliah has forged a career as a freelance writer whilst on her year abroad in Beijing, and since leaving university. You can find her work on many online publications and has firmly rooted herself in the world of independent British cinema. After spending many years developing her written voice, she will now undertake to get her NCTJ diploma, with hopes of finding more writing opportunities and establishing herself further in the world of journalism.

TESTIMONIAL

“The bursary changed my life. In just over a year I’ve gone from working in a call centre to working as a reporter at the HuffPost, I couldn’t be happier.” Connor Parker, 2017 recipient

2018-19 bursary recipients

Find out about each of our bursary recipients for 2018-19 below.

Susie Kellie

Molly Millar

Danielle Manning

Brad Grant

Frankie Christou

Dominic Penna

Olivia Noon

Roxana Massoumi

Aini J Khan

Nicola Kenton

Lucy Pegg

Malachi Butt-Mukete

Corey Bedford

Cleo Anderson

Catherine Wiltshire

Jack Richardson

Yuan Ren

Tom Orde

Svar Nanan-Sen

Awil Mohamoud

Chloe McLaughlin

Sheila Marshall

Yemaya Marsden

Adam Maidment

Jessica Knibbs

Carly-May Kavanagh

Shardell Joseph

Kumail Jaffer

Jess Glass

Timothy Gallagher

Yasemin Craggs Mersinoglu

Kathryn Batte

Kamilla Baiden

Andrew Andronicou

Adelina Adjei

Chloe Adams

Adam Sonin

Yusuf Khan

Matthew Ford

Solape Alatise

Sharmin Akhtar

Cohort 4 2018/19

Susie Kellie

Susie decided to do the NCTJ course at Press Association Training as she was eager to become a journalist but never thought she would be accepted into this industry because she believed it wasn’t made for people like her. Susie has a disability and did not have the financial resources to jump start a journalism career and so she took a leap of faith and decided to leave PR to pursue her dreams. She is hoping that the course will enable her to develop the very much needed skills in order to become the best writer that she can be.

Cohort 4 2018/19

Molly Millar

Molly grew up in Glasgow and graduated from Edinburgh University in 2017 with a degree in English literature. Through journalism she hopes to tie together her passions for great storytelling and current affairs. As a member of the LGBTQ community Molly is particularly eager to investigate the ways in which social and political issues affect the lived realities of marginalised groups. She believes journalism can be a catalyst for change and is committed to a career in bringing to light overlooked stories and perspectives that deserve to be heard.

Cohort 4 2018/19

Danielle Manning

Danielle has been a freelance radio journalist for the past two years and has most recently produced and presented a documentary for the BBC World Service. She now wants to turn her passion for politics and current affairs into a career as a news reporter. Her experience of growing up mixed race in a council house, with a disabled single mother has given her an interest in class, race, social care, mental health and education – topics she wants to explore in her work.

Cohort 4 2018/19

Brad Grant

Having started his career in social housing, Brad developed an interest for social policy – later becoming the first in his family to attend university, graduating recently with a first-class degree in public relations with politics. Whilst studying, Brad entered the field of journalism as a news runner for Sky News. Here he worked on a plethora of stories throughout 2017/18 from the UK terror attacks, Grenfell Tower fire, a general election and recently, a royal wedding. Brad is graciously thankful for the support of the Journalism Diversity Fund and looks forward to pursuing his ambitions of becoming a journalist.

Cohort 4 2018/19

Frankie Christou

Frankie grew up in a working class household with a single mother, so is determined to speak on behalf of those who come from socially deprived backgrounds. Since the summer, Frankie has started his own football blog – and within the space of a few months has received over 4,000 views. He developed his love for sport and progressed to write for Southwark News and The News Shopper, where he reports on Millwall FC and Millwall Lionesses.

Cohort 4 2018/19

Dominic Penna

Dominic Penna is a 21-year-old international relations & politics graduate. He has Asperger’s Syndrome and dyspraxia, meaning he is more reliant than most people on routine and experiences the anxiety which comes with this condition. Having adapted to a more independent life at university, Dominic has been features editor, and is now co-editor, of The Tab Sheffield, having previously interned at The Times, The Tab, and The Burton Mail. He hopes that he will be able to use the qualifications, skills, and contacts gained in his course to raise the profile of hidden disabilities, overcome more personal barriers, and make a positive impact in communities.

Cohort 4 2018/19

Olivia Noon

Olivia, 23, is a recent graduate from the University of Leeds where she achieved a 2.1 in broadcast journalism (international). Originally from Liverpool, Olivia volunteered at her local hospital radio before university. She is proudly working class and wants to see more northern voices represented in the media. Olivia has both dyslexia and dyspraxia and hopes that she can bring a new perspective to the world of journalism. Whilst studying for her degree, Olivia gained work experience at The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the BBC and Oxfam. Olivia hopes to pursue a career as broadcast journalist upon achieving her NCTJ qualification.

Cohort 4 2018/19

Roxana Massoumi

Roxana is a published author with HarperCollins whose investigative journalism work includes interviews with the Ku Klux Klan, first-hand research of human smuggling in Syria and interviewing serial killer Richard Ramirez. She has also made various contributions to The Guardian and Huffington Post on the #metoo movement and rock n roll groupies, on paedophile Ian Watkins and on the demonization of women’s sexuality and Othering the Middle Eastern woman. Roxana was born in Iran and loves rock n roll, history of serial killers, the Ratt Pack, Foucault and the history of sexuality. She would love to make investigative documentaries around the world.

Cohort 4 2018/19

Aini J Khan

Aina J Khan is a London-based journalist who has written for Al Jazeera English, The Guardian, VICE, The Independent, and Middle East Eye. She has worked in broadcast with ITV News and on numerous documentaries with ITN Productions, Channel 4, BBC Three. Over the last three years, she has worked with Southbank Centre, the UK’s largest arts centre, on the Women of the World (WOW) Bradford festival, which celebrates women and young girls and takes a frank look at the obstacles they face.

Cohort 3 2018/19

Nicola Kenton

Nicola is a 23-year-old geography graduate from the University of Birmingham, who has Joint Hypermobility Syndrome and had a pacemaker inserted in 2015. At the age of 14, she attended her first journalism course and has gained lots of practical experience since then including: editing her secondary school newsletter, being an online sport editor of her university newspaper, volunteering with the IPC digital media team and completing work experience at BBC Sport England. Nicola has seen improvement in how Para-sport is represented in the media but wants to continue the progress with the aim of reporting on the Paralympic Games.

Cohort 3 2018/19

Lucy Pegg

Lucy is about to begin study for an MA in news journalism at Nottingham Trent University, having graduated from the University of Sussex with a BA in English. She wants to see diverse journalistic voices amplified, and hopes herself to represent working-class women within political journalism, a sector dominated by men and the privately educated. Lucy was print production editor of The Badger, Sussex’s student newspaper, during her final year. She is also a student journalist for the NUS and has written many freelance articles. Lucy has a keen interest in political issues, particularly current affairs and environmental stories.

Cohort 3 2018/19

Malachi Butt-Mukete

Malachi is a history graduate born and bred in Peckham, South London. He has a passion for creative storytelling, broadcasting and current affairs. His interest in journalism was first peaked whilst living and working in Ghana in 2013/14. He saw just how good and varied news reporting was in shaping the views and opinions of the general population. Malachi currently works for BBC Studios in the digital department. He’s been trying to wriggle his way into the newsroom since his first day and thinks that his NCTJ in multimedia journalism from News Associates will help him get there permanently!

Cohort 3 2018/19

Corey Bedford

Corey, 24, graduated in English language and creative writing from De Montfort University in 2015. After taking time away from his studies to support his mother after being made redundant, he is returning to academia to study MA journalism at the University of Sheffield. Corey wants to have a career in reporting, aiming to specialise in politics, with a goal of becoming a political editor for a national newspaper. Coming from a working class background in a northern industrial town, Corey has fought through homelessness, depression, and money troubles with the love and support of his mum and grandparents.

Cohort 3 2018/19

Cleo Anderson

Cleo, 23, read European studies at King’s College London, spending an Erasmus year at Sciences Po in Paris. Growing up mixed race and having two contrasting family experiences, Cleo has been acutely aware of the effects intersectionality has, whether that be race, class or gender etc. She hopes that this awareness will translate into helping develop approaches and ideas around diversity in the newsroom. Currently, Cleo is particularly interested in developing ‘glocal’ news. Where local news stories, particularly from rural areas, can be conveyed and often implicit links to issues of national and international importance be made. Her other interests include European politics, and minority identities.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Catherine Wiltshire

Catherine comes from a working class background and is mixed race. She is an avid fan of local news and has wanted to be a journalist since she was young, creating her own online zine in her earlier twenties. After a dramatic deterioration of her mental health in late 2013 she was diagnosed with having a psychotic illness. Since then she has developed great insight into her illness and hopes to educate people on mental health issues highlighting the work of mental health organisations, through her own journalistic work.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Jack Richardson

Jack graduated from Birmingham University with a BA in international relations with political science and a part time MA in air power. Without any contacts in journalism, he approached a defence magazine proprietor at a major industry exhibition and ended up writing research-based articles and attending similar trade shows as a member of their publications team. He was particularly proud of this as he has Asperger’s Syndrome. This hidden disability means he finds it hard to interact with other people, particularly in social situations. Not to be deterred, he is very keen to progress with a career in journalism and believes he can also raise the profile of people with this condition.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Yuan Ren

Yuan is bilingual in English and Mandarin and has lived a large part of her life in China. She has worked at Time Out, Pearson, and the Culture Trip in editorial roles, and her freelance writing has appeared in publications such as The Guardian. She is an aspiring video journalist and presenter with a particular interest in the areas of women, and cultural heritage. In her spare time, she is a big foodie trying to write a sitcom.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Tom Orde

Tom currently works as an English teacher and freelance copywriter and has spent a few years living and working in South America. To gain journalism experience he has been working at his local paper and doing volunteer work for the Rural Refugee Network. Eventually Tom wants to work in environmental journalism, combining informative and persuasive writing techniques as to promote environmental issues and framing them in a positive light.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Svar Nanan-Sen

Svar is a graduate of Oxford Brookes University with a BA (Hons) in economics, politics and international relations. He has always had a passion for journalism and sport and decided to pursue both by becoming a sports journalist. Svar comes from a diverse ethnic background having a Caribbean-Irish mother and a Finnish-Indian father. As someone who has both dyslexia and dyspraxia, he has had to overcome a number of barriers to get into journalism but with resilience, focused determination and commitment he has more than equipped himself to have a successful future.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Awil Mohamoud

Awil has had a real interest in current affairs since studying government & politics and sociology at A-level. He subsequently began writing for his college paper as well as for a nationwide youth magazine focused on tackling social and political issues. Awil has been advised to reconsider going into journalism because of how various media organisations misrepresent or stereotype people from his own background. However, he believes that diversity is the answer, as dissimilar voices can act as a correcting influence. He aims to do this through upholding and promoting fair, balanced and accurate reporting.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Chloe McLaughlin

Chloe, who was born in Dundee but brought up in Burnley in Lancashire, is proudly working class and has always had to work numerous jobs to try and support her studies. She believes that income should not be a barrier to success and wants to see more working class, northern voices represented in the media. Chloe studied a BA in performance: drama and theatre, however she has always had a love of journalism and eventually she managed to get her foot in the door at the Northern Life magazine where she works in the editorial team.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Sheila Marshall

Sheila is an independent filmmaker and has worked in film and television for over 15 years. Her first feature documentary Right Between Your Ears explores what drives disagreement in society, the belief that our views are right and couldn’t be wrong. The film has won awards for Best Feature Documentary at festivals and played at the Royal Institution, the Byline journalism festival, and has recently been broadcast on ABC in Australia. Sheila would like to work as a film critic, and feels there is a high demand for female BAME film critics.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Yemaya Marsden

Yemaya is 22 years old and has recently graduated from Keele University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. She is half-English half-Chinese and has always struggled to identify anyone in the news or mainstream media that reflects her cultural background. She wants to be a role model for other half-oriental working class girls who do not feel represented in the media – and in society. She believes that more needs to be done to increase diversity in journalism, and is grateful for the positive steps made by the Journalism Diversity Fund.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Adam Maidment

Adam Maidment is a 29-year-old freelance journalist, with a degree in media (film and television) from Edge Hill University. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community and having struggled with anxiety, Adam has a particular interest in both LGBTQ+ rights and mental health. He believes that both topics are under-represented in the media, and his first-hand experience provides him with a unique voice. As a freelance writer, Adam has contributed to a number of digital outlets including Gay Times, Cosmopolitan, Into, Elite Daily, and Lifehack. Following the completion of his course, Adam hopes to work on news features for digital media outlets.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Jessica Knibbs

Originally from South Africa, Jessica has worked at some of the biggest publishing houses in both London and Johannesburg. She moved back home and worked as a journalist for the Sandton Chronicle working on breaking news, crime, sports and lifestyle. During that time her passion for journalism became clearly evident as most of her stories became front page news and she became one of the top journalists at the paper. She immersed herself within her community, was the voice for the people and a big advocate for human rights and fairness.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Carly-May Kavanagh

Carly-May is a 21 year old politics and international relations graduate. She is deaf and has Asperger’s, as well as mental health issues. During her time at university she was involved in two student papers, and through this she managed to get two weeks of work experience at NME. She also presented and produced her own radio show on Southampton University’s student radio station. In 2018, Carly-May was nominated and subsequently shortlisted for Best Entertainment Piece at the Student Publication Association national conference. She received several nominations at her university’s annual Media Ball and won Best Behind-The-Scenes. She also won ‘Most Shows This Year’ at Surge Radio’s AGM.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Shardell Joseph

Shardell Joseph, who comes from a working class background, has had a long-standing interest in journalism since studying for her degree in international relations. As a mixed race women, Shardell has focused on highlighting issues of both racial and gender inequality and she plans to use her passion for media and journalism to help propel these issues to the forefront of social and political dialogue. Gaining experience through interning and freelance writing for business and finance publishing company World News Media, Shardell is now looking forward to pursuing a career in news reporting.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Kumail Jaffer

Having recently graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in politics, philosophy and economics, Kumail is looking to enter the world of journalism in order to voice his unique perspective in the (occasionally) monolithic press. As a Muslim and a minority, issues such as race relations, postcolonialism, foreign policy and worldwide progressive movements stand out as key societal topics to be analysed, dissected and debated over – and for such discussions to be fruitful, Kumail feels that more journalists and writers from minority backgrounds are needed.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Jess Glass

Jess Glass started work in journalism as an arts reporter for Warwick University’s student paper The Boar during their undergraduate sociology degree. They later went on to study an MA in gender studies part-time, finishing the course at the end of August 2018. Jess has written extensively about transgender rights in the UK, including notable investigations into anti-trans campaigners informed by their own experiences of being non-binary. Jess has a particular interest in social and political issues, namely topics of LGBTQ+ rights, health, education and class, much of which is heavily influenced by their own experiences of being an orphan from a working class background.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Timothy Gallagher

After growing up in a small, ex-mining area in the East Midlands, Timothy was motivated to study social anthropology at the University of Manchester, to learn as much as possible about society and the causes of social inequality. Timothy has completed a journalism placement abroad at the Fiji Times, Fiji’s principle newspaper. Timothy hopes to combine his anthropological knowledge with journalistic skills to write about social and political issues, whether this is in the form of reporting, documentary making, or feature writing. Timothy is especially eager to bring a queer perspective to his work, and introduce a wider audience to the liberating qualities of being non-conformist.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Yasemin Craggs Mersinoglu

Yasemin is an international relations and global issues graduate from the University of Nottingham. As a female dyslexic journalist of mixed ethnicity from a working class background, Yasemin is committed to representing and reaching these groups through her work in the media. She would like to cover social justice issues such as discrimination and inequality as well as the intersections of identity, race, class, gender, disability and sexuality in culture and sport. In addition, Yasemin wants to incorporate more audio and visual content in order to make journalism more accessible to those with lower literacy levels and appeal to those who currently find it too dense and impenetrable.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Kathryn Batte

Kathryn has long had an interest in journalism, writing news articles since school and continuing this into university. She has always been sports orientated, playing and watching football from an early age, and wants to combine this with her passion for journalism. Kathryn’s media experience includes being sports editor for her student radio station at the University of York as well as spending a week with the Hull Daily Mail and working with BBC Radio Humberside. As well as the need to increase the amount of female faces and voices in sports journalism, Kathryn believes there is also a need for more northern journalists in the national news.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Kamilla Baiden

Kamilla, who comes from a mixed British and Ghanaian background, is a born and bred inner-city Londoner, with a passion for sharing stories from those with marginalised voices. Since working in the media, Kamilla began to realise that people from minority backgrounds were poorly represented both on and off screen. Since giving birth to a son last year and returning to work, Kamilla began to notice the even greater difficulties faced to women and mothers within the workplace – more specifically women of colour. Having produced content for online, TV and radio, Kamilla would like to merge her production and journalistic skills to become a credible reporter within the industry.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Andrew Andronicou

Andrew has always been passionate about journalism and its power to reach people. He strongly feels the media can be enriched by including more diverse voices as they bring unique perspectives that can reach out and draw in a larger audience. In the workplace, his Greek-Cypriot heritage has allowed him to share insights with his colleagues so they can more sensitively handle racial and religious issues which they might otherwise be blind to. Andrew’s special interest is in technology, digital entertainment and science journalism. He believes that tech plays a pivotal role in any serious media organisation because it reports on the innovations that will shape how readers live their lives.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Adelina Adjei

Raised on a South London council estate by a single parent, Adelina graduated with a degree in biomedical sciences and started a career in the healthcare/pharmaceutical industry. As a British-born Ghanaian, Adelina became frustrated by stereotypical narratives of black people in the mainstream media, which became the inspiration for her blog. Passionate about telling underrepresented stories and bringing the voices of ethnic minorities (among others) to the mainstream media, her writing has resonated online. Adelina also co-created the first Africa Utopia Festival magazine for the Southbank Centre London.

Cohort 2 2018/19

Chloe Adams

Chloe Adams is a 42-year-old mother of two living in East Ayrshire, Scotland. As a young single mother, she juggled busy family life and study commitments to train as a photographer, firstly attending college in Dumfries, and then Edinburgh. Chloe looks forward to diversifying her skills base and hopes this will make her better equipped to continue to progress within the changing landscape of the modern journalism workplace. Chloe is delighted the NCTJ has chosen to support her in this decision by awarding her the Journalism Diversity Fund bursary, which has been integral in her ability to facilitate her studies.

Cohort 1 2018/19

Adam Sonin

Adam Sonin is a freelance journalist and former financial engineer who comes from a mixed race background. During his thirties, and after fighting for a diagnosis, he discovered he has anxiety and is on the autism spectrum. He has written and contributed for the Ham & HighJewish Chronicle, BBC Radio London 94.9, Time OutThe Times and contributed material to BBC. He holds an MSc from CASS Business School and a BSc from the University of Manchester.

Cohort 1 2018/19

Yusuf Khan

Yusuf is currently in his final year at Cardiff University studying history and economics. Over the last two years, Yusuf has been writing for student news site The Tab and in his final year of university became the editor of the site. His work for the site has included university drop-out rates based on ethnicity, exposing cases of racism at university, and identifying the Eurocentric approach that University courses often take. Coming from a minority himself, Yusuf is particularly determined to tell the stories of diverse people who do not often have the opportunity to talk about their experiences, or issues they have been facing.

Cohort 1 2018/19

Matthew Ford

Matthew grew up in a large working class family, living in social housing on a council estate, and believes income should not be a barrier to advancement. Since the age of 14, Matthew has gained practical reporting experience, firstly covering Northwood FC and latterly progressing to freelance work and work experience placements with two Watford publications, WD Sport and the Watford Observer, covering Watford FC and Leyton Orient FC. Completing a degree in history at the University of Edinburgh in 2018, Matthew held various positions at several of the university’s media societies.

Cohort 1 2018/19

Solape Alatise

Solape Alatise, who comes from a working class black household, is about to graduate from Aston University with a degree in politics and sociology. She is a budding journalist who seeks to bring diversity to the field by giving a voice to different communities and their successes through her work. Solape has a real passion for political journalism and is especially fond of developing stories that cover the US, Africa and the UK. She aspires to be a news reporter, reporting live for the BBC.

Cohort 1 2018/19

Sharmin Akhtar

Sharmin is a British-Asian Muslim whose passion for journalism came about whilst studying for her degree in international relations. However, the more she wanted to pursue her dream of becoming a news reporter, the more she realised that women like her – brown skin and visibly Muslim – were not reflected in the media industry. This is why she believes that more women of colour and of different religions should be represented in the newsroom, especially at a time where Islamaphobia, racism and anti-semitism centres a contemporary national debate.

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