2020-21 bursary recipients

Find out about each of our bursary recipients for 2020-21 below.

Sunita Ghosh Dastidar

Ribeka Seyoum

Yusuf Malik

Joanna Crawford

Jenna Abaakouk

Isabelle Dipti Jani-Friend

Hamzah Khalique-Loonat

Georgia Lambert

Emily-Jane Heap

Eleanor Shearwood

Christopher Brackin

Anya Ryan

Anita Bhadani

Amal Abdi

Zeynel Yuce

Sophie Perry

Sophia Hall

Siham Ali

Sharmeen Ziauddin

Rory Jones

Nevzat Savas

Naomi Clarke

Mesgana Sintayehu

Libby Shaw

Lia Desai

Kasra Moradi

Jordan Beck

Dayna Latham

Daniel Goldstraw

Daniel Fessahaye

Xenia Huntley

Toby Bryant

Sophie Woods

Sanny Rudravajhala

Sam Ormiston

Robyn Davidson

Ria Hylton

Poppy Koronka

Piriyanga Thirunimalan

May Woods

Malyun Mohamud

Lee Davey

Leanne Hall

Jess Phillips

Gemma Bradley

Eve Tawfick

Declan Carey

Aaliyah Harry

Ruby Gregory

Reiss Tigwell

Rebecca Cooley

Omar Baig-Garrick

Olive Enokido-Lineham

Neha Gohil

Kat Hoare

Jessica Morris

Emily Withers

Courtney McLaven-Whittle

Ahisha Ghafoor

Sunita Ghosh Dastidar

Sunita will be studying with News Associates in Twickenham, with a keen interest in Broadcast Journalism.

So far, she has interned with BBC Digital Planet, and worked on a prime-time BBC 1 documentary, The Truth About… She is also Community Editor for The Tees.

Sunita is a mixed-race working class woman from Middlesbrough, famously ranked as one of the worst places to be a girl. She hopes to fairly represent the North-East, which is often unfairly represented within the media.

She says she is incredibly grateful to the Journalism Diversity Fund for opportunities she would have been unable to access without their support.

Ribeka Seyoum

Since graduating with a history degree from King’s College London, Ribeka has worked for Riverside Radio, a local community radio station where she currently holds the position of deputy news editor. She also conducts research for the Young Historian Project and has gained experience at national news organisations including Channel 4 News.

Ribeka is interested in investigative journalism, current affairs programmes and documentaries. Her ambition is to help diversify the newsroom beyond those we see on camera. She is keen to bring untold stories to light, and hopes the fast-track Multimedia Journalism course at News Associates which she will begin in February 2021, will help her to do so.

Yusuf Malik

Yusuf is a graduate from Loughborough University having studied a Sports Marketing MSc. Yusuf is passionate about increasing the diversity in the sports media for South Asians. He hopes that his endeavour to pursue a career as a successful journalist can act as an inspiration to young South Asians who may feel disconnected from the sports media due to their under representation.

He will be studying on the NCTJ-accredited News diploma course at Press Association. Yusuf says he is incredibly grateful for the support of the JDF as he would not have been able to take his place on the course without their support. He encourages those of all backgrounds to take the leap and pursue a career in journalism, especially those from a diverse socio-economic or ethnic background.

Joanna Crawford

Joanna has championed the cause of neurodiversity since creating a documentary at 17, challenging preconceptions of dyslexia. Witnessing her impact through storytelling, from speaking in Parliament to producing videos, Joanna wants to be a journalist to provide a platform for the voices of the unheard.

Joanna is excited to start her course at PA training, and wants to go into digital and video journalism. Having volunteered in the Samos refugee camp, worked for the UN in Guinea-Bissau, and now a writer for the IWI; Joanna hopes to continue reporting on conflicts and crises, making these subjects more accessible for all.

Jenna Abaakouk

Jenna will be starting her NCTJ-accredited course in multimedia journalism at News Associates London in February. Whilst teaching in Colombia, she discovered a passion for journalism, volunteering at UMNG Radio and reporting for The Bogotá Post newspaper.

Due to her dual heritage background and bilingual upbringing, Jenna has been exposed to various nationalities, languages, cultures and religions from a young age. This has helped her to recognise the importance and value of different perspectives.

Jenna has expressed her extreme gratitude to the Journalism Diversity Fund for this opportunity. Coming from a low-income family, she understands the huge positive impact that financial support can have.

Isabelle Dipti Jani-Friend

Since graduating in 2019, Isabelle has been working as a freelance journalist with articles in a number of nationals including the Guardian and the Independent. Thanks to the help of the JDF she will be completing her News diploma course with Press Association.

As a mixed-race, disabled woman Isabelle wants to help diversify the media and elevate underrepresented voices. As someone with an invisible illness she wants to continue to highlight disability discrimination and fight for an accessible and accommodating society for disabled people.

After completing her NCTJ, Isabelle wants to become a health reporter.

Hamzah Khalique-Loonat

Hamzah is a Master’s graduate from UCL, where he studied History. Born in Walsall, Hamzah is from a Muslim family of both Indian and Pakistani origin. His studies and cultural background have fostered a keen interest in issues of class, racism and particularly the effect of decolonisation on Britain. He is also especially interested in the intersectionality of sport and politics.

From January, Hamzah will be studying towards the NCTJ diploma in journalism, with Press Association Training. Hamzah says he is extremely grateful for this opportunity, as he would not have been able to study without the support and generosity of the JDF.

Georgia Lambert

Georgia is a proud member of the disabled community. Instead of graduating from university, she had brain surgery to treat a life-changing condition. While navigating chronic pain, Georgia built up her portfolio as a freelancer alongside her rehabilitation. This experience took her to West Africa, where she worked in ethical garment production. In Ghana, she started a blog called 33 Degrees, where she continues to explore sustainability and inclusivity in business. Georgia is thrilled to enrol on the NCTJ news and magazine fast-track diploma with PA Training in January 2021 and is very grateful for the JDF for choosing to support her.

Emily-Jane Heap

Emily-Jane Heap is a recent graduate from the University of Exeter with a first-class degree in English. She will now be studying for an NCTJ qualification with News Associates in London. Throughout her time at university Emily-Jane gained experience with The Tab and has more recently had freelance work published with VICE.

She is keen to bring diversity to a newsroom through her position as a woman from a low-income background, who has grown up witnessing serious illness and disability within her immediate family. She intends to use her insight to give a voice to underrepresented groups in society.

Eleanor Shearwood

Eleanor graduated from Durham University in 2020 with a modern languages degree. Whilst studying, she devoted her free time to involving herself in student journalism wherever possible and undertook work experience placements with organisations such as the BBC. She is thrilled to be starting an NCTJ-accredited diploma in multimedia journalism with News Associates in London in February 2021 and is grateful to the JDF for making this possible.

She hopes that, through building on her journalistic skillset, she will be able to use her experience of mental health difficulties and disability to contribute to a more balanced and diverse media.

Christopher Brackin

After being raised by a single, working-class mother in a community rife with social issues, Chris spent the past decade teaching and volunteering abroad. During this period, he witnessed other types of abuse. He wants to bring his life experience and perspective into newsrooms and build a diverse platform for marginalised and downtrodden communities.

Chris is committed to investigating and highlighting the injustices that have plagued him and his international network. With the JDF’s help, he will take his first steps to becoming a multimedia foreign correspondent by studying for his NCTJ diploma at PA Training.

Anya Ryan

After working at the BBC for two years and writing for the likes of Huffpost and The Metro, Anya is now looking to take her next steps in the world of journalism. She’ll be studying on the fast track NCTJ course at News Associates in Twickenham. As a member of the BAME community, she hopes to champion diverse stories and will use her platform as a journalist to give voice to those who are often overlooked in society.

Anita Bhadani

Anita is a graduate of Human Rights and International Politics, based in Glasgow. She has experience working in local and national journalism, and in communications in the third sector. As a Scottish-Indian woman with socialist politics, Anita wants to bring a unique voice to journalism: providing a platform for underserved communities to be heard on their own terms, and confronting the root issues which perpetuate societal inequalities.  Thanks to the JDF, she will be undertaking the NCTJ diploma (Fast Track) at Glasgow Clyde College in 2021 part time. Anita hopes to use this opportunity to eventually enter into a career specialising in public service and investigative forms of journalism.

Amal Abdi

Amal became seriously interested in journalism while at university, where she studied English and history at Royal Holloway, University of London. After becoming involved in student media and being digital editor of her university magazine, she decided to pursue it as a career. Since graduating, Amal has worked as a freelance art and culture writer where she often writes about the intersections of race and gender with art, particularly in film. Her work has been featured in The Evening Standard, Refinery29 and gal-dem. She hopes to broaden her journalism knowledge as she takes the part-time NCTJ accredited course at News Associates in multimedia journalism.

Zeynel Yuce

Zeynel is currently working at LBC Radio and will be studying the NCTJ part-time multimedia journalism diploma at News Associates London from October.

He currently works at LBC Radio in multiple capacities. His work at the station has given him extensive experience in the production and planning of some of the UK’s most popular radio programmes. By taking the NCTJ course, Zeynel hopes to develop skills that will enhance his journalistic work.

Zeynel is a first-generation immigrant from a working-class family and the first in his family to have graduated from university. He hopes to add diversity of thought and perspective to journalism, particularly in relation to reporting on international affairs. He is immensely grateful for the personal support of the JDF along with its wider commitment to diversifying journalism.

Sophie Perry

Sophie Perry is a born-and-bred Black Country girl who graduated from King’s College London with an MA in contemporary literature, culture and theory in January 2020. She is passionate about arts, culture, and LGBTQ+ news and journalism; specialist sectors she hopes to one day work in.

Sophie will begin her NCTJ-accredited course at City of Wolverhampton College in September 2020. She hopes to make the newsroom more diverse by bringing the perspectives and needs of LGBTQ+ and working-class people the forefront of discussions.

Sophia Hall

Recently named as an international ‘Top Talent under 25’, Sophia is a multimedia journalism student at News Associates London. Alongside completing the course part-time, she is the founder and co-host of Who cares about Research, an award-winning podcast dedicated to disseminating academic social research to a wider audience, and partnerships manager for the music streaming service, Vialma. As the first care experienced person to graduate from Jesus College, University of Oxford, she is an outspoken advocate for young people with lived experience and hopes to use the skills gained on the NCTJ qualification to continue platforming their voices through journalism.

Siham Ali

Siham graduated with an English BA from Queen Mary University of London back in 2017. With a passion for storytelling, she’s been working in-house and as a freelance journalist and editor. She has featured in gal-dem, Roundtable Journal, Lecture in Progress, It’s Nice That, and more. Siham will be embarking on the fast-track multimedia course at News Associates in London. Hoping to specialise in investigative and news journalism, Siham aims to produce work that brings minority communities to the forefront. She will bring diversity to any newsroom by tapping into her own experiences as a working-class Black woman in Britain.

Sharmeen Ziauddin

Sharmeen is returning to university after 19 years to do a master’s in journalism at Kingston University. She is interested in broadcast and print journalism having had experience in both.

Muslim women have been identified as a ‘hard to reach’ community, they are written about abundantly but their voices aren’t often heard. Sharmeen wants to change this by bringing some positive news stories to the forefront, and through her lived experience as a mature student, provide an alternative view. She is passionate about politics, religion and social justice issues and is grateful to the JDF for the support.

Rory Jones

Rory is an English literature graduate from the University of Glasgow and will start an MA in multimedia journalism at Glasgow Caledonian University in October.

He has worked on student newspapers, interned at The Local and The Big Issue, and contributed to several publications on a freelance basis.

As a first-generation university graduate from Stockton-on-Tees, Rory is particularly interested in issues of regional inequality and hopes to write about regeneration, housing, and communities.

Nevzat Savas

Nevzat Savas, aged 47, is studying for his NCTJ diploma at City of Wolverhampton College. He chose this course because it is the best way to improve his journalistic skills and find the best opportunities to get an excellent job in the industry. He grew up in a Turkish and Arabic culture at the same time. So, he knows that diversity is wealth that enables us to see the world from different perspectives. He will do his best to enrich the newsroom with news, views and analysis that reflects the culture he comes from, and he will also enhance the Arab and Turkish media with the experience he will have from the NCTJ.

Naomi Clarke

Originally from Belfast, Naomi recently graduated from Durham University with an English literature BA.

Through growing up as a carer for her special needs sister, she developed a passion for the welfare of others and utilises the platform of journalism to speak out on social inequality, mental health, and disability.

She explored these topics whilst heading the news teams of the student newspaper and radio station, Palatinate and Purple Radio, and received the Best Journalistic Programming Award at the SRAs and was shortlisted for Best Human Rights Journalist by the SPAs.

She is incredibly grateful to the JDF for helping her pursue her NCTJ diploma at News Associates, London so she can continue to champion these issues and to bring another Northern Irish voice to the national news desks.

Mesgana Sintayehu

Mesgana Sintayehu is a presenter, producer and news reader at Riverside Radio. She presents, produces and reports on News Show; Riverside Reports where they cover South-West London based stories from Wandsworth, Merton, Richmond and Lambeth. She has also obtained journalism experience with the likes of Female Lead, The Media Trust and has created her own news-focused YouTube channel and a podcast to further her skills.

Through the content Mesgana produces, she hopes to bring to light injustices and unseen realities, hidden within communities. In addition, she longs to bring new perspectives into the news media and aims to use her voice as a mouthpiece for truth and hope in her generation. She aspires to become a news correspondent then news anchor for a top news cooperation.

Mesgana will be undertaking her NCTJ studies with News Associates London.

Libby Shaw

Libby is a lively, personable and driven individual. Her background in language and cultural studies means that new opportunities are always greeted with a curious nature and an open mind. Libby will be commencing her studies on the MA journalism course at the University of Sheffield in October 2020. Her diversity stems from her upbringing as a female living in a crime and poverty-ridden area of Doncaster. Her working-class roots have gifted her with a cynical but equally empathetic eye when it comes to issues within society such as discrimination and corruption.

Lia Desai

Lia will be studying at the University of Sheffield, working towards a master’s in journalism and the NCTJ diploma. After undertaking work experience at BBC CWR and producing content for BBC Sounds, she was determined to build a career in broadcast journalism.

Lia previously volunteered at a community-run radio station that encouraged vulnerable youth to develop skills in radio/video production and helped low-income adults and non-English speakers gain communication and employability skills.

As a British Asian from a working-class background, Lia is eager to highlight the strengths of smaller, less represented communities within the UK through accurate reporting.

Kasra Moradi

Kasra is a history graduate from The University of Southampton and will be starting the sports multimedia journalism course at News Associates in September. Being a football writer who specialises in features, he has worked as a freelance journalist for websites Planet Football and SportsMole.

Kasra hopes to bring some much-needed diversity to sports journalism through his ethnicity and less privileged background. Having been presented this opportunity by the JDF, he hopes to cover more of the issues that have been overlooked in the past and offer future support to aspiring BAME journalists so that they too receive fair opportunities.

Jordan Beck

Jordan is an English graduate from a small town in County Durham and dreams of becoming a showbiz journalist. He spent three years writing for fan-site Coronation Street Blog, where he recapped episodes, and gained golden experience interviewing actors at press days. He has also written for Talk About Pop Music, Apple Magazine and reviewed theatre.

Jordan suffers from dyspraxia and hopes to use journalism to raise awareness of the overlooked disorder which massively affects co-ordination and has seen him traumatise six driving instructors.

Thanks to the JDF, Jordan will now be able to study at News Associates Manchester.

Dayna Latham

Dayna Latham is a 24 year old disabled journalist from Staffordshire with an unconventional
background. Dayna is starting an NCTJ diploma with News Associates in Manchester as of
October 2020 after a year of freelancing and three years of community organising. Dayna’s
journalistic interests are broad, and she has covered many topics from sports, to grassroots
movements, to Westminster and policy. Her career goal is to start a news outlet of her own.

Daniel Goldstraw

Daniel, 25, is a politics graduate from the University of York and is originally from the Calder Valley area in West Yorkshire. Having been interested in writing and the creative arts since childhood, with a particular passion for politics, film and television, journalism seemed the natural career choice upon graduating. Daniel has undertaken extensive work experience with news sites like The Overtake and Cultured Vultures, but a career in journalism nevertheless resembled a closed shop due to his lacking the financial resources to gain the expected NCTJ qualifications. The JDF has therefore been vital to helping him break into the industry.

Daniel Fessahaye

Daniel, who is from Islington, North London, graduated from Queen Mary University with a degree in English literature. He has a background in sports journalism and radio however he is now looking to transition into reporting on news and current affairs. He is very thankful for the opportunity that the JDF has given him with this fund and is eager to make a difference in the newsroom. Coming from an ethnic minority background Daniel is looking to represent those who are not currently being represented in the newsroom and report on issues of inequality that continues to occur all over the world.

Xenia Huntley

Xenia is passionate about equality, and it was this passion that led her to challenge ageism and secure a radio presenting job when she was just 15. Proudly choosing work experience over a degree, she has worked in media for over 15 years. A single mother to two young sons, Xenia fled severe domestic abuse in 2016. Extreme financial hardship ensued. Xenia’s life experiences are hugely diverse; from living on the road with travellers, to representing litigants in person in court, and are sure to enrich any newsroom. Xenia will study with PA Training in London to gain her NCTJ qualification.

Toby Bryant

After gaining experience with sports desks at the likes of Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, as well as inside organisations such as British Rowing, FourFourTwo magazine and Crystal Palace F.C., Toby now looks to take his next steps in journalism with a particular interest in the world of sport. A recent first-class graduate from Newcastle University with a degree in Combined Honours (English literature, French and Spanish), Toby will studying for an NCTJ qualification with News Associates in Twickenham. A member of the LGBTQ+ community, Toby hopes to champion marginalised stories through sports reporting.

Sophie Woods

Sophie Woods graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in film studies. She decided to change her career from a background in television working in entry level roles on factual TV shows. Sophie is passionate about child protection issues, animal welfare and women’s rights. As a journalist she wants to investigate child abuse in order to prevent it. She will be embarking on a fast-track NCTJ accredited course at News Associates in multimedia journalism. Sophie comes from a working-class background and has fled domestic violence and lived in a women’s refuge.

Sanny Rudravajhala

As a science teacher, Sanny has been informing, educating and entertaining whilst also working as freelance broadcast journalist for BBC Radio Manchester. Currently, he is making a podcast series for BBC Sounds following his beloved Bury FC. Sanny also runs the community-driven Radio Northenden which has been backed by the Manchester City Council Neighbourhood Investment Fund.

Sanny draws strength from his experiences of childhood bereavement, hardship and racism to seek to give a platform to the underrepresented in our society. The 34 year-old father of one will be studying for a master’s in broadcast journalism at the University of Salford.

Sam Ormiston

After graduating recently from the University of Stirling in Scotland, Sam is set to start the fast-track multimedia journalism course at News Associates Manchester in September. While at university, he completed multiple work experience placements in newsrooms, which ignited his passion for the industry. After being raised by a single mother in rural Scotland for much of his life, Sam is keen to tackle some of the social barriers which prevent people from breaking into journalism. And as a young bisexual, he wants to play his part in ensuring newsrooms are inclusive places for everyone.

Robyn Davidson

Robyn graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in psychology. She will now start working towards her NCTJ diploma on the multimedia sports journalism course at News Associates in Manchester. Robyn has experience working as a freelance journalist in baseball and cycling, covering the Drops Cycling team and being the social media manager for the Women’s Tour of Scotland. She is keen to bring diversity to the newsroom through her experiences as a woman. Such a perspective allowed her to cover Women in Baseball Week for Baseball Prospectus, interviewing reporter Julia Morales on the importance of representation.

Ria Hylton

Ria is a south Londoner with a background in broadcast, print and digital journalism. After graduating from Cambridge University and working in the education sector, they moved to Germany and became involved in the media. They worked as a broadcast journalist, music journalist and regular correspondent for both local and international news outlets, and produced a short documentary on femicide.

Ria is trans, of Afro-Caribbean descent and a first-generation university graduate. They will begin the fast-track NCTJ course at News Associates in September and hope to bring diversity to the newsroom by widening conversations around underrepresented issues.

Poppy Koronka

Poppy is a recent graduate from the University of Edinburgh and will be starting the News Associates fast-track course in London in September.

Poppy has a passion for broadcast journalism and investigative stories. She has an ambition to report internationally and has so far gained work experience as a journalist in Bolivia, China, and Japan, through funded internships and freelance work. In January 2020, Poppy undertook an internship at CNN International, working on TV and digital features.

Poppy is extremely grateful for the support of the Journalism Diversity Fund. As Poppy is from a low-income background, she would not be able to complete her NCTJ diploma in September without this support.

Piriyanga Thirunimalan

Piriyanga is a history graduate who, thanks to the help of the Journalism Diversity Fund, will be studying on the NCTJ-accredited multimedia journalism course at News Associates London. She has showcased her passion for journalism through her work in a variety of newspapers and magazines including the Royist and the Tamil Guardian. Piriyanga writes at length about political, cultural, and socio-economic issues that face BAME communities. She hopes to bring diversity to the newsroom by bringing issues facing BAME communities to light and by helping to solve the lack of media coverage of conflicts occurring in the Global South.

May Woods

Hailing from a small village in Lincolnshire, May’s first taste of journalism came at the age of 17 when she began writing an opinion column, amplifying youth issues for her local newspaper. Since then, May has been passionate about writing for and about young people, and has been determined to pursue a career in journalism despite the financial obstacles she has faced.

She currently works at a West London based newspaper, where she writes features, news and social content as well as assisting with marketing efforts. May is particularly interested in solutions journalism, the resurgence of hyperlocal and community reporting, and in the growth of positive news movements. She is mostly looking forward to expanding her digital and video skillset, and building on her investigative skills.

The JDF has given May an opportunity to study that would have otherwise been entirely out of reach. As such, May is determined to use her voice to continue to call for diversification of the media, and to use her newly acquired skills for positive social impact: be that through documentary making or feature writing. 

Malyun Mohamud

Coming to the UK as a refugee, Malyun hopes to offer her point of view on issues such as race, religion, and culture. As a Black Muslim female who comes from a low-income family, she felt that it would, inevitably, be hard to pursue a career as a broadcast journalist. With the help of the JDF, she is going to study the multimedia journalism course at News Associates. Malyun has a particular interest in documentaries and wants to investigate international ethnographic issues. She would like people of colour to comfortably share their stories. Malyun is determined to see newsrooms which give a voice to minority ethnic groups despite their socioeconomic status.

Lee Davey

Lee is a sport and exercise science graduate and qualified teacher and will attend the multimedia journalism course at News Associates London in October. 

His expertise comes in the form of European football and he has been writing for six years. Lee’s work has been published on various sports websites and for regional newspapers including The Chronicle

He aims to bring diversity to a newsroom through ethnicity, prompting new ideas and ways of thinking as well as communicating the nuances that sometimes go identified, particularly in sensitive topics. 

Lee hopes that his story will one day inspire others. 

Leanne Hall

Leanne is a BA journalism graduate from the University of Westminster and is thrilled to start the News Associates multimedia journalism course in London next year. Born in Kent, to a low-income family, Leanne would like to challenge the negative media representations of working-class Britain and help give a voice to marginalised communities like hers. She has completed work experience at Cosmopolitan UK and MyLondon, both of which have strengthened her determination to succeed in the industry. Leanne is incredibly thankful for the support from the Journalism Diversity Fund as she embarks on her journalism career.

Jess Phillips

Jess is an English literature graduate from Lancaster University, who will complete her fast-track NCTJ course at the City of Liverpool College. She previously worked at Local Life magazines in Wigan, where she gained invaluable experience interviewing local people, along with pitching and writing community-based features. Jess comes from a low-income background, and is incredibly grateful to the JDF for giving her the chance to study for her NCTJ. She has a particular interest in investigative journalism, and hopes to put her love of documentaries and long-form journalism into practice one day.

Gemma Bradley

Gemma Bradley has just been accepted onto an NCTJ-accredited course at News Associates Manchester. However, without the help of the Journalism Diversity Fund, she would not have been able to afford the course. She was raised in a single parent, working-class household with limited opportunities, but still attended Loreto Grammar School, and then the University of Leeds, leaving with a 2:1. This range of experience has enabled Gemma to assimilate into any social circle and ensure those around her are comfortable and open, a skill that is priceless in a newsroom.

Eve Tawfick

Eve Tawfick is a 28-year-old single mother. Pursuing her career in journalism has been fraught with difficulties both financially and practically. Despite trying to juggle the responsibilities of being a parent, Eve completed her degree last year and did a freelance stint at her local paper. The NCTJ will propel her forward on the path to success and she couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity.

Declan Carey

Declan grew up in Manchester and was born with severe haemophilia. He will study part-time at News Associates in London to develop a career in political journalism – asking tough questions and being a voice for people with disabilities. He studied English at Keele University and worked abroad for the British Council in both the Czech Republic and Spain. He has written for The Guardian, and hosts the Redaction Politics weekly podcast.

Aaliyah Harry

Aaliyah is an English literature graduate. Her passion for journalism began after writing and podcasting at her university’s student media centre.

After graduating she went on to write and create social media content for The Voice Newspaper. Aaliyah wrote about race, youth, mental health, the arts and highlighted community affairs within minority ethnic groups. She has also gained experience at Grazia, Hearst Magazines and BBC Click.

Aaliyah loves unearthing underrepresented voices and amplifying them to tell moving stories.
She wants to pursue a career in investigative or broadcast journalism and will be studying the multimedia course at News Associates London.

Ruby Gregory

Ruby, 22, graduated with a film studies degree last year. Ruby is passionate about community values and the issues many face regarding health and socioeconomic factors. Her final year dissertation allowed her to research across race studies, gender studies and psychoanalytical studies. She has written articles about mental health and youth charities that are published in her local paper The Brixton Bugle.

She loves documentaries, as it inspires her to use her own investigative skills to uncover new and interesting stories. She comes from a varied background and wishes for more diversity to be evident in the newsroom. She will be studying at News Associates London in September 2020 and wants to pursue a career in either investigative or broadcast journalism. Ruby would one day like to use her platform to help and inspire others to have a career in journalism.

Reiss Tigwell

Reiss grew up in a working class family and was raised by a single mother for much of his life. Reiss wants to prove that income should not be a barrier to advancement, and feels that everybody should have a fair and equal chance. As such, he aims to help get more working class people into the industry. Whilst at University, Reiss has gained practical reporting experience, first with non-league clubs and local publications, before moving to freelance work for a number of different London newspapers including News Shopper, where he regularly covers various Premier League and Championship teams.

Rebecca Cooley

Following her upcoming graduation from studying history at the University of Liverpool, Rebecca will undertake the multimedia journalism course at News Associates in Manchester. The Journalism Diversity Fund bursary allows Rebecca to pursue her dream of becoming a journalist despite coming from a low-income, working class family. Rebecca will bring diversity to the newsroom not only by coming from an underrepresented social class but also having experienced somewhat of a difficult upbringing that gives her a unique insight into problematic domestic settings. She will use her platform as a journalist to give a voice to people experiencing hardship and trying to better themselves.

Omar Baig-Garrick

Omar dreams of becoming a journalist. He has tried to choose an applicable pathway to achieve his goals in becoming a writer. On his journey, Omar has equipped himself with skills relating to journalism. Coinciding with his undergraduate journalism degree at Cardiff University, Omar’s had work experience at The Guardian, hosted a show on Xpress radio and regularly presents on a football related YouTube channel with 40,000 subscribers. Along with this, he writes about football and has an appetite for this area of interest. Omar hopes to bring diversity through his ethnicity and less affluent background. He’ll be starting the NCTJ news journalism course at Cardiff University in September.

Olive Enokido-Lineham

Olive is a politics graduate from The University of Sheffield and will start the fast-track NCTJ course with News Associates in September.

She has had prior experience at news organisations like Reuters, which led her to securing the position of runner for their UK news team at the royal wedding in 2018 and placements with other organisations like the BBC. Alongside this, Olive has contributed to gal-dem magazine as a freelance journalist and has experience in student radio. She hopes to develop a career in broadcast and is particularly interested in both investigative and political journalism, and issues of social justice.

Olive is immensely grateful for the support from the JDF and is committed to supporting and encouraging more young women into the industry during her career, particularly those from less privileged backgrounds and of East Asian descent.

Neha Gohil

Born and bred in West London, Neha graduated from the University of Warwick in 2020 with a degree in history and politics. As a British Indian, she is eager to increase the diversity and representation of ethnic minorities in the journalism industry. Neha has undertaken work experience with regional news outlets and was deputy editor of the award-winning student newspaper, The Boar. She has also appeared on BBC Radio 5 and BBC Asian Network radio shows debating current affairs. As an aspiring political journalist, she is determined to ensure the media provides a voice for the under-represented.

Kat Hoare

Kat is a fifty-something single mother to two teenage girls, who currently works for her local council in Brighton. Having written local news stories for Brighton Journal and Brighton & Hove News, she also gained work experience at JPIMedia’s Worthing Herald. She is now thrilled to have started her course at Highbury College to pursue her passion for news and investigative journalism. As a single mother by choice, she has a personal connection and interest in fertility issues and is grateful for the JDF bursary to allow her to represent older women in the newsroom.

Jessica Morris

Jessica is due to graduate from her business studies degree this year and will be commencing her MA journalism studies at the University of Sheffield in September. Raised in a low-income, single parent household Jessica is a single mother of a toddler and is a survivor of servere domestic abuse. She is a first-generation university graduate and hopes to open up crucial cultural conversations through her journalism. Jessica is interested in socio-cultural issues which affect the vulnerable in society and hopes to create positive effect change in society through her work, especially for those whose voices are subject to abuse and oppression. She is extremely grateful that the JDF has chosen to support her.

Emily Withers

Emily Withers will be graduating from Cardiff University in July with a BA in English literature and history and will then enrol on MA news journalism at Cardiff in September. She has completed work experience at Wales Online and the South Wales Argus and looks forward to further placements over the coming months. She is a first-generation university graduate from a working-class background in the West Midlands. Emily looks forward to bringing a different perspective to the newsroom once she graduates.

Courtney McLaven-Whittle

Courtney has always been an avid writer, leading her to study English literature at Royal Holloway, University of London where she wrote for the university newspaper and found her passion for journalism. She has now been offered a place to study for an MA in news journalism at Nottingham Trent University and feels extremely appreciative of the opportunity the Journalism Diversity Fund has given her. Coming from a working-class family, she knows she will be able to bring her own experiences into a newsroom and represent those who are often portrayed unfairly in the media. She has also overcome an array of mental health problems. This again is something she wants to use as a future news reporter to create positive articles for marginalised groups to feel that they are portrayed without prejudice.

Ahisha Ghafoor

Ahisha will be developing her career as a journalist after having worked at the British Council and the BBC. Since studying Arabic and Middle Eastern studies she has taken a keen interest in the region. As a polyglot, she speaks five languages and is currently learning the Syrian dialect. She is recognised for her skills in building rapport with communities and organisations. She will be studying her NCTJ with News Associates in Manchester where she is based. Once qualified, Ahisha hopes to use her writing to inspire critical reflection and social impact.

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

2019-20 bursary recipients

Find out about each of our bursary recipients for 2019-20 below.

Jake Roberts

Fadumo Olow

Tamara Krivskaya

Shannon McDonagh

Rosie Slater

Nadine Batchelor-Hunt

Isabella D’Emilio

Dani Cole

Dahaba Ali Hussen

Amy Bush

Megan Stanley

Damian Shepherd

Min Kaur

Marvel Kalukembi

Anna Marie Hughes

Amy Clarke

Bradley Young

Callum Warren

Alice Reeves-Turner

Anetha Sivananthan

Jacqueline Shepherd

Kate Pounds

Poppie Platt

Sheyma Mukhtar

Sammy Mngqosini

Bree Johnson

Ryan Hesketh

Louise Hall

Rahkee Gogna

Katharine Gemmell

Sarah Burgess

Lucille Adutwum Brobbey

Chris Bradford

Naina Bhardwaj

Zayneb Benyoucef

Thomas Beattie

Aisha Awan

Shazad Hussain

Rachael Davis

Niall Evans

Kiro Evans

Georgia Simcox

Camomile Shumba

Anita Khakpour-Langary

Aman Pathiara

Amaliah Marmon-Halm

Jake Roberts

Born and raised in Essex, Jake read politics at the LSE and has since worked as a teaching assistant and tutor. He values uncovering the truth for its own sake and wishes to become an investigative reporter. He has recently begun his NCTJ course at Sutton College and is grateful that the JDF has given him the opportunity to learn the tools of the trade.

Fadumo Olow

Fadumo is a youth worker and an aspiring journalist who is the co-founder of the podcast ‘I Think She’s Offside’. The podcast focuses on bringing a different female-led perspective to traditional sports discussions and covers stories in the local community. Fadumo has also been involved the BCOMs masterclass and work placement at The Guardian. She has worked on bringing journalism to a new digital age through FIFA Women’s World Cup campaigns for Adidas London and guest presents at Give Me Sport Women. Fadumo is hugely passionate about increasing diversity in newsrooms and hopes to inspire others from BAME background to take on careers in sports.

Tamara Krivskaya

Tamara will soon be graduating with a degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Lancaster University. Thanks to the Journalism Diversity Fund, Tamara was able to accept her offer to study towards her NCTJ diploma with News Associates Manchester. Due to her financial status she would not have been able to afford the £4,250 tuition fees without the help of the JDF. Journalism is Tamara’s passion and she is incredibly excited to start her career as a journalist.

Shannon McDonagh

Shannon has known she wanted to be a journalist for a very long time. A keen reader, she often found herself returning to her grandad’s daily papers as a child growing up in council housing in South London. She invested much of her time in student media at the University of East Anglia, spending her final year as news editor of Concrete, their student newspaper. Following this, she has undertaken internships at The Times, MyLondon and the Eastern Daily Press. From these experiences she has found that newsrooms are at their best when they represent various perspectives, be it in gender, sexuality, ethnicity or social backgrounds. Shannon is immensely thankful to the Journalism Diversity Fund for supporting her studies with PA Training – this crucial next step would have been impossible without it.

Rosie Slater

Rosie will study for an NCTJ diploma at PA Training. Born in Tottenham, North London, to a low-income family, she developed an interest in journalism after finding that negative media representation reinforced damaging stereotypes about communities like hers. With a passion for politics and an interest in social policy, Rosie has so far spent her career working with refugees, challenging the stigma around mental health and creating content for the media as a photographer. As she embarks on a career in journalism, Rosie wants to challenge perceptions, change narratives and champion the voices of marginalised communities.

Nadine Batchelor-Hunt

Nadine will be studying on the NCTJ-accredited diploma in multimedia journalism course with News Associates in Manchester. Since graduating from the University of Cambridge in 2017, she has written for The Guardian, HuffPost UK, and Metro. She has also appeared on BBC and LBC radio. As a black, Jewish woman from a working class background, Nadine is passionate about diversifying journalism so it reflects the diversity of society. She hopes that her presence in newsrooms will bring fresh and unique perspectives on class and race. Nadine also has ADHD, and hopes help fight the stigma surrounding mental health in the work place.

Isabella D’Emilio

Isabella has worked across women’s and lifestyle magazines including Grazia and the Conde Nast titles. Having previously worked professionally in PR for a leading human rights organisation, Isabella developed an interest in rights related issues and real life stories. She decided to move into journalism and aims to share stories with unique perspectives and bring them to new audiences. She would like to learn the more formal elements of journalism and will be studying at PA Training in London. Isabella has a broad interest in society, identity, women’s issues, the arts and culture. She feels strongly about changing the narrative around diversity in the media so it’s inclusive and representative.

Dani Cole

Dani Cole graduated with a BA (Hons) English degree from Queen Mary University of London in 2018. As a Cambodian adoptee with Caucasian parents, Dani is interested in narratives surrounding identity, especially within underrepresented communities. She will study at News Associates Manchester on the NCTJ fast-track diploma in multimedia journalism. Dani’s ultimate aspiration is to specialise in investigative journalism. She hopes to find her birth father, who was a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime. Dani sincerely thanks the Journalism Diversity Fund for allowing her to pursue her ambition and relieving the burden of financial stress.

Dahaba Ali Hussen

Dahaba Ali Hussen graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2017 with a BA hons degree in history. She has recently started working as a freelance journalist focusing on class, race, gender and identity here in the UK. She has picked up bylines in The Independent, The ipaper, Stylist Magazine, The Metro and more. Dahaba will be studying on the PA Training fast-track course and is very excited about bringing diversity to the newsroom.

Amy Bush

Amy will be studying on the multimedia journalism diploma course with News Associates in Manchester. Having worked as an academic librarian for 10 years, Amy is keen to combine her research skills with her passion for writing and investigation. Having grown up in Coventry with a single mum and four sisters, Amy wants to help bring a voice to people from working class communities and has a strong interest in women’s issues. As a person with long-term depression and anxiety, she also wants to represent people with mental health problems and help tackle stigmas surrounding mental illness.

Megan Stanley

Megan will begin the NCTJ-accredited MA news journalism course at Cardiff University in September. While completing a BA in English at the University of Birmingham, Megan wrote for multiple student publications and completed work for ITN and the BBC. Raised by a single mother under the benefits system, she knows how significant media influence can be when depicting the most vulnerable in society. Megan believes this will give her a different perspective in the newsroom and hopes to represent working-class voices. She is grateful to receive support from the JDF as she pursues a journalism career.

Damian Shepherd

Damian is a recent journalism graduate from Sheffield Hallam University. Over the past year, he has worked as an intern at local publications including the Sheffield Star, and international organisations such as Radio France Internationale in Paris. Damian will soon begin an MA journalism course at the University of Sheffield, and is keen to use his childhood experiences of living in social housing to bring a fresh perspective to disproportionate newsrooms. Originally from East Sussex, Damian believes his background can provide new angles to current affairs and break the stigmas that young people from working-class backgrounds face.

Min Kaur

Min Kaur is a freelance journalist at the BBC for Surrey and Sussex Radio. Min has reported for The One Show, Sunday Morning Live, Inside Out West, Radio 4 and also a stand in presenter for some local radio stations. She’s passionate about getting unheard voices heard especially from the underserved communities. Recently Min launched the Min Kaur Podcast, sharing unheard stories. Min also is an events hosts for the Asian Fire Service Association. Min volunteers for her local radio station Hayes FM. She’s always up for a laugh and never take things too seriously. As a hobby, Min has a passion for art and is a henna artist.

Marvel Kalukembi

Marvel will be studying an NCTJ course at Kingston University this year, having graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BA in international media and communications. She has always been interested in the storytelling element of journalism and believes that with the financial aid given by the JDF bursary she will be able to tell the stories and showcase the positive influence that minority audiences should have in the media. Marvel looks forward to encouraging diversity in thought to generate more inclusive and representative content in the newsroom.

Anna Marie Hughes

Anna Marie Hughes is a history graduate and will be commencing her master’s studies in multimedia journalism at the University of Kent in September. In her history degree, she focused her dissertation on the British media’s response to doping in cycling. She is the sports website editor for the university student paper and is striving to bring greater coverage to campus sport and previously overlooked disciplines. She is a competitive sportswomen in her own right in the continually male-dominated sport of cycling. She has battled through this intimidating environment and lack of equality which still remains in the sport.

Amy Clarke

Amy is recent a BA journalism graduate from Sheffield Hallam University and is delighted to be awarded the opportunity to expand her skills by undertaking an NCTJ accredited MA in journalism at the University of Sheffield. She grew up in a typical working-class council home in Barnsley and hopes that she will become part of the next generation of journalists who are a truer representation of the public. Proud of her northern heritage, Amy hopes to see more regional voices and issues put into the national press. She is overtly grateful to receive support from the Journalism Diversity Fund.

Bradley Young

Bradley has recently graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in politics, and will begin studying an NCTJ-accredited MA journalism course at the University of Sheffield this autumn. Excited to take this step toward a career in journalism, he hopes that he will be able to use his experience with mental health and economic obstacles to bring a different perspective on what is considered an issue of public concern. Bradley says he is extremely grateful to the Journalism Diversity Fund for making this possible.

Callum Warren

Callum is a recent graduate from University of Ulster gaining a BA (Hons) in media studies and production. Callum continually battles against his disabilities and the stereotypical views of disability. Soon to study an NCTJ-accredited journalism MA at Ulster University, he hopes to represent the diverse minority communities fairly. Born of English/Northern Irish parents, he believes strongly in acceptance of cultural diversity regardless of religion, race or sexuality. The support of the JDF empowers Callum to support the communities that helped him throughout his endeavours, dreaming of one day covering the Paralympic games in an attempt to inspire others just as he was.

Alice Reeves-Turner

Alice will undertake a diploma in sports journalism in September with News Associates. Alice brings diversity to a newsroom through her gender (Alice is female, pursuing a career in a male dominated industry), as well as through being heavily dyslexic, which had seen her being told that she would never read. Alice could potentially encourage other women to enter into sports journalism (about which she is very passionate and has already helped younger aspiring journalists to do), providing a role model for those with a disability, regardless of its type, to not give up when told they cannot do something.

Anetha Sivananthan

Commencing her journalism career at Blasting News, Anetha has published features on classism and human rights issues, and following her graduation, she has aimed to italicise the proliferating influence of “symbolic violence” in news; evident in the dissemination of “fake news”, Othering rhetoric, sensationalism and harassment of journalists. At Arts and Collections, Anetha has focalised on “grey area” subjects, such as the campaign to end the arms trade within the arts. Similarly, at Celebrity Angels she has assessed the impact of different policies on healthcare, while her features at College News solicit polemical commentary on American news. Anetha thus aspires to engineer a career in broadcast journalism to enable a “middle ground” for discussing today’s polarised opinions.

Jacqueline Shepherd

Jacqueline always had a passion for journalism and undertook short courses while managing to forge a career in presenting. Driven by a passion to help create a media landscape that is more inclusive and representative, the last few years has also seen Jacqueline working for a charitable organisation training young people from under-represented backgrounds to enter the often inaccessible TV industry. Having been out of education for over a decade, Jacqueline felt that securing formal training was unobtainable and convinced that, that ship had sailed. With help from JDF Jacqueline is excited to formalise her skillset at News Associates.

Kate Pounds

Kate is delighted to receive a JDF bursary which will assist her in taking the diploma in multimedia journalism with News Associates. Her bursary will offset some of the costs of living with a physical disability, enabling her to study with fewer constraints. Kate’s colleagues will gain insight into working with a blind person and will carry that forward in all their future interactions in and beyond the newsroom. Her particular experiences of living with a disability plus her awareness, understanding and an ability to perceive often-overlooked nuances in communication will generate compelling and distinctive content.

Poppie Platt

Poppie is a classical civilisation and English graduate from the University of Leeds and became interested in a career in journalism as a teenager, following her involvement with her school newspaper and a range of online blogging and social media platforms. With the financial assistance of a JDF bursary, Poppie is due to begin her MA in journalism at the University of Sheffield. As a first-generation university graduate from the Black country with a working-class background, Poppie seeks to represent marginalised voices in her writing and is particularly interested in using regional dialects in her work. Poppie is interested in issues such as social justice, political representation and gender equality and how popular culture can be used to explore these issues. Poppie’s greatest aim is to introduce a wider demographic to quality journalism, ensuring that her writing style is always accessible whilst retaining its integrity and creative flair.

Sheyma Mukhtar

Sheyma Mukhtar graduated from the University of Roehampton with a BA (Hons) in journalism. Sheyma will be starting her NCTJ-accredited course in sports journalism at St. Mary’s University in September. Since a very young age, Sheyma Mukhtar has had a deep passion for sports. After visiting her first football match in 2009, she knew from the passion that surrounded her that she wanted to take on a career in the sports world. Sheyma wants to be an inspiration to Black Muslim women who also aspire to be sports journalists by showing them that anything is possible through hard work and determination. As a British Black East African Muslim, Sheyma feels she can bring diversity to the newsroom.

Sammy Mngqosini

Sammy Mngqosini is a former marketing manager who has fled the pharmaceutical industry in pursuit of her lifelong dream of working as a full-time sports broadcast journalist. Over the years, she has covered international netball, rugby sevens, basketball, women’s football and athletics for South African print and broadcast outlets. The master’s graduate plans to fuse her multi-sports passion and marketing expertise in order to produce content that engages diverse, previously untapped audiences. Sammy will undergo her NCTJ diploma in multimedia sports journalism training at News Associates in London. She rates the BBC’s Gabby Logan as her best friend in her head.

Bree Johnson

Bree is particularly interested in social issues and inequality and is frustrated by the state of modern British media, which she believes has become very “gossip orientated”. Bree hopes to restore integrity to modern reporting. Her goal is to bring issues that plague society like homelessness, poverty and abuse to the national forefront. She hopes to create content that inspires society to come together and make improvements. Bree dislikes the popular term that a good journalist gives a voice to the voiceless – she believes everyone has a voice and a great journalist provides the perfect platform.

Ryan Hesketh

Ryan will be studying an NCTJ course at Glasgow Caledonian University this year. They have always been a keen writer, and have written on topics ranging from climate crisis to international drug policy. They are a queer person, and a survivor of childhood trauma with experiences of both personal and generational mental health crises. Growing up, their parents were also foster carers, giving them a window into a world most people ignore. They hope to bring a more empathetic, accurate, and diverse perspective to newsrooms through their experiences throughout their career.

Louise Hall

Louise secured a place at News Associates in Manchester after spending a year as editor of The Courier at Newcastle University Students’ Union. Incorporating her working class background into her work as a journalist she strives to deconstruct working class misrepresentation in the media and offer a unique perspective in newsrooms often dominated by the middle class. Louise is very thankful to the Journalism Diversity Fund for allowing her to continue to pursue her dream of being a journalist and is thrilled to be able to work alongside them in aspiring to make newsrooms better reflect the communities they serve.

Rahkee Gogna

Rakhee developed her love of journalism through writing research-based articles in her spare time for a major national and regional news publisher. She believes in journalism in its truest form and has a great passion for broadcasting, creative writing and current affairs. She has immersed herself within the community and believes teamwork and inclusion are at the heart of valuing diversity. With her ongoing commitment she intends to investigate under-represented topics like cancer in relation to religion, faith and identity. She has identified a gap within the Asian minority where both men and women are not coming forward and speaking out about cancer. She wants to build more inclusive communities and create a space for Asian voices to be heard.

Katharine Gemmell

Katharine will join PA Training in London to study for her NCTJ diploma. After growing up in Glasgow, she studied at the University of St Andrews and realised there were very few people like herself there. Alongside her lifelong passion for journalism, this ignited a longing to make institutions more representative of the communities they serve. She believes that the London-centric national media often leaves out Scottish perspectives, working-class voices, and those with mental illnesses. Katharine hopes to use her individual experiences to highlight stories that slip under the radar. She is extremely grateful that the JDF has chosen to support her.

Sarah Burgess

Sarah will be attending PA Training’s news reporting course starting in August 2019. Born in Gateshead, she wants to bring greater political representation to regional, working-class communities in the north east. After graduating in 2018, she has spent the last year building up a portfolio as a freelancer and strengthening her editorial skills, while working multiple part-time jobs to fund her course fees. She now runs her own politics blog, Regionalitics, offering regional perspectives on current affairs. She is immensely grateful that the JDF will be contributing towards her living costs for the duration of her studies.

Lucille Adutwum Brobbey

Lucille is a philosophy graduate from the University of Warwick who will be studying the NCTJ diploma full-time with the News Associates in London. Her intersecting identities help her to provide a unique outlook on issues that affect society and assist her in exploring stories from multiple perspectives. She aims to shed light on the experiences of marginalised individuals and explore issues concerning social justice. As a presenter and broadcast journalist, she hopes to ensure that people of colour feel that their opinions are valued and they can speak on issues that don’t always pertain to race.

Chris Bradford

Chris studied history and politics at Liverpool University and graduated in July. Journalism allows him to combine his interests of writing, politics and sport. He will be undertaking the NCTJ multimedia diploma fast-track course at News Associates in Manchester from September. He was heavily involved in student media whilst at university and has also written for online political and sports platforms. He recently completed a placement at The Observer London newsroom. Chris is proud of his working class background and wants to provide a greater focus on issues which affect the North West and are underreported in the national media.

Naina Bhardwaj

Naina Bhardwaj is an aspiring journalist from Glasgow who did an undergraduate degree in English, journalism and creative writing at the University of Strathclyde. She will now be studying MA journalism at the University of Sheffield. Naina is passionate about diversifying the media so that it is more reflective of the society we live in today.

Zayneb Benyoucef

Zayneb will be starting the NCTJ course in September with PA Training. She will bring diversity in the newsroom as she wants to bring light to stories that are often ignored in the national press. She will also bring a diversity in view points and in storytelling especially as she is still young and from an ethnic minority background. She wants to tackle the lack of diversity in the newsroom to enable the audiences to get a wide range of views from day to day news.

Thomas Beattie

Born and raised in Liverpool, Thomas achieved a 2:1 in history from Lancaster University in 2019. His real passion, however, is to become a journalist. The son of a construction worker and a nursery nurse, Thomas has long had a passion for social justice and feels that, through his writing, he will help to diversify the industry by representing working-class communities from across the UK; becoming a voice for those in need. With the help of the Journalism Diversity Fund, Thomas will begin a course at News Associates Manchester in September 2019.

Aisha Awan

Aisha has always been a person who strives to make a positive impact in all areas of her life – from friends to professional colleagues, she is recognised as a warm, gentle and fun loving character. Her new challenge partaking in the multimedia journalism course with News Associates London will definitely allow her to flourish and showcase her skills as a writer and reporter. Her passion for sports, especially Formula 1, will give her the edge in the world of digital news and she will seize the opportunity in her own creative style.

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.

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