Scroll down to find out more about the bursary recipients due to start their journalism courses in the September 2018 – August 2019 academic year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 & High, Jewish Chronicle, BBC Radio London 94.9, Time Out, The Times and contributed material to BBC. He holds an MSc from CASS Business School and a BSc from the University of Manchester.
Yasemin Craggs Mersinoglu
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Aina J Khan
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.
She hopes to give a voice to local communities and those underrepresented in journalism from working class backgrounds, especially the long term unemployed and family carers due to being carer herself for the last 17 years.
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.
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.
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.