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Latest Stephen Lawrence scholar to begin journalism training

Kumal SultanThe latest recipient of a scholarship given in memory of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence is set to begin his journalism training.

Kamal Sultan will begin the National Council for the Training of Journalists-accredited fast-track course at News Associates, in London, later this month.

The 21-year-old, whose parents fled to Britain to escape the Somalian civil war, secured a place on the Daily Mail trainee programme as a Stephen Lawrence scholar, and the newspaper will pay his salary while he is on the course.

News Associates and its parent company Beat Media Group will provide a full bursary for the training fees.

Kamal, pictured, is the sixth recipient of the scholarship, awarded in memory of Mr Lawrence, who was stabbed to death at the age of 18 in an unprovoked racist attack in 1993.

Kamal, who will join the Mail along with other trainee reporters in the paper’s September intake, said: “I am excited about studying at News Associates and am hugely grateful to them and the Daily Mail for this opportunity.

“The skills I will be taught on the course, including shorthand, will give me the best chance to succeed in my chosen career.”

Kamal will begin the course at News Associates’ new London headquarters, in Twickenham, on 18 February.

News Associates managing editor James Toney added: “We are excited to be working with the Daily Mail to help provide Kamal with this fantastic opportunity.

“As the UK’s leading journalism school supplying the best-trained young journalists to the industry, helping to improve newsroom diversity in newsrooms across the media is one of our key objectives.

“We are also proud to be associated with the Daily Mail Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust scholarship scheme.”