Bursary recipient Nadya Ahmed will begin an eight week placement at The Nottingham Post this month as part of the Journalism Diversity Fund internship scheme.
Nadya recently graduated from Nottingham Trent University, where she studied an NCTJ-accredited MA in Journalism, after being awarded a Journalism Diversity Fund bursary in August 2012.
Nadya said: “Nerves and excitement have overwhelmed me in the build-up to taking on this placement but I know this is a brilliant opportunity and I plan to relish every minute. Being a part of a lively newsroom is everything I have worked towards and to finally have the chance to put into action all the skills I have picked up at Nottingham Trent is great.
“As my first step on the journalism career ladder I’m most looking forward to seeing my first story as a reporter in print. I thank both the NCTJ and The Nottingham Post for granting me the opportunity to keep on learning and nurturing my journalism skills so soon after getting my results.”
The Journalism Diversity Fund launched this paid internship scheme in February 2013. It will provide NCTJ-qualified recipients with a work experience placement of up to three months at a regional newspaper. The diversity fund is offering grants to participants to cover their travel and living expenses.
The scheme has also attracted financial support from Creative Access, a charitable organisation set up to encourage diversity in the creative industries. They have agreed to provide match-funding for interns from black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) backgrounds.
To be eligible for the internship scheme, applicants must be a Journalism Diversity Fund recipient and have achieved the NCTJ gold standard (A-C in all modules and 100wpm).