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Journalism students receive bursary boost

Five aspiring journalists have been awarded bursaries via a scheme aimed at helping students from ethnically or socially diverse backgrounds.

The group were picked out from applicants for the latest round of grants from the Journalism Diversity Fund, which is administered by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

Bursaries will cover some or all of the candidates’ tuition fees on their NCTJ-accredited courses which are due to start in the coming months.

The successful students, who were chosen from a total of 31 applicants, are:

  • Pavan Amara: Fast-track newspaper journalism at noSWeat, in London
  • Katie Anderson: Foundation course in multimedia journalism at Press Association Training, in Newcastle
  • Khudael Ashraf: Fast-track newspaper journalism at noSWeat, in London
  • Lowrie Stafford: Fast-track newspaper journalism at Harlow College
  • Matthew Tollitt: Press-photography at Norton College, Sheffield
  • The NCTJ said the academic year of 2009-10 has seen the greatest number of applications ever received to the fund with a grand total of 157.

    Interviews took place at the Financial Times last month and the panel included FT executive editor Hugh Carnegy, former Hereford Times editor Liz Griffin and Kent on Sunday editor Ian Patel.

    The next deadline for bursary applications is 30 April for courses starting in the 2010-11 academic year.

    For further information about the Journalism Diversity Fund visit