Eight bursaries awarded in final JDF round of 2019

The fourth and final round of the Journalism Diversity Fund in 2019 has concluded with the awarding of eight bursaries, bringing the total number of bursaries awarded this year to 45.

These aspiring journalists were awarded funding to begin their journalism training at NCTJ-accredited courses in the 2019-20 academic year, and bursaries can help fund their course fees and/or living expenses.

Thirteen shortlisted candidates were interviewed at the Financial Times in London on Friday, 6 December. The interview panels included senior managers and editors from the NCTJ, Claire Prosser bursary, Daily Mail Group, Financial Times, Newsquest and Reuters.

Bursaries were awarded to:

  • Dahaba Ali Hussen, PA Training
  • Nadine Batchelor-Hunt, News Associates Manchester
  • Amy Bush, News Associates Manchester
  • Dani Cole, News Associates Manchester
  • Isabella D’Emilio, PA Training
  • Tamara Krivskaya, News Associates London
  • Shannon McDonagh, PA Training
  • Rosie Slater, PA Training

At their interviews, the candidates were questioned on their passion for journalism, financial need and diversity.

The fund was set up in 2005 with a donation of £100,000 from NLA media access, with the aim of encouraging more diverse people to train as journalists and making newsrooms better reflect the communities they serve.

Thanks to the financial support of the industry, we have now awarded 347 bursaries since 2005.

The application schedule for next year has now been published, and applications for the first round of 2020 will open at the end of December.

For further information, please contact Cecilia Judmann on 01799 544945 or email cecilia.judmann@nctj.com.

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