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The George Viner Memorial FundThe 2013-14 scholars were:

Anishka Sharma, 23, is from Middlesex and is currently studying an MA in Broadcast Journalism at City University, London.

Anishka Sharma GVMF 2013"Having known from a young age that I wanted to pursue a career in journalism, I have always been aware of how difficult it can be to map your way through this industry. This is why I am extremely grateful to the George Viner Memorial Fund for having opened several doors and opportunities for me.

"I am most thankful for the trustees’ invaluable advice that has consistently pointed me in the right direction and encouraged me to look at journalism from an innovative and exciting viewpoint.

"Most of all, though, I am eternally grateful for the work experience placement at Radio 1 Newsbeat – it was the most eye-opening experience that I have had in journalism to date, none of which would have been possible without GVMF's support."


Haseeb Malik, 28, is from East Yorkshire and is currently studying a Multi Media Foundation Course in Journalism at the Press Association, London.

Haseeb Malik GVMF 2013"When Press Association offered me a place on their fast-track NCTJ course in London - I was elated. However, I had a massive dilemma on my hands as to how I was going to finance my training. After being turned down by other bursary schemes, the George Viner Memorial Fund offered me a lifeline to pursue my journalism career and I would not be where I am today without their help.

"I have now completed my NCTJ diploma and picked up lots of key skills. I made the most of a work experience placement at BBC Radio Humberside, in January, which was another opportunity I would not have come across if they bursary hadn’t opened up doors for me.

"I am currently working as a reporter for the Grimsby Telegraph and will always be grateful to the GVMF for the role they have played in my development as a journalist."


Lara Owen, 24, is from Birmingham and is currently studying an MA in Broadcast Journalism at City University, London.

Lara Owen GVMF 2013"While at the University of Leeds studying Chinese and English, I realised that I wanted to pursue Broadcast Journalism as a career, combing it with my interest in China's culture and politics. Since graduating, I have started my Masters in Broadcast Journalism at City University. It is a really practical course and I have come so far in terms of the skills I have learnt, namely being able to edit my own news packages and produce an entire radio show.

"The financial support of the George Viner Memorial Fund is something I will be eternally grateful for. When I got the news about the scholarship, I couldn't believe it because the question of how I was going to fund the MA had been playing on my mind for over a year.

"I also recently completed a fantastic placement at the BBC Chinese Service, which colleagues at the trust helped me arrange. Being given the opportunity to write original articles and the chance to be a spokesperson on BBC World News were personal highlights. Thank you to everyone who made this year of study possible!"


Monika Plaha, 22, is from Warwickshire and is currently studying an MA in Television Journalism at City University, London.

Monika Plaha GVMF 2013"The MA at City University has been extremely beneficial to my journalism career, not only have I learnt how to film and edit a news report, but also how to execute the presentation of the news. I have had two placements, one at Sky Digital another at the BBC Arts & Entertainment and my third one will be at ITV.

"I have learnt so much already on this exciting journey and met some truly inspirational people- all of this would not be possible without the incredible help and support from the GVMF. The GVMF has given me the perfect kick start into my journalism career providing me with financial support, confidence, media industry contacts and work place opportunities. Thank you so much!"


Symeon Brown, 25, is from Essex and is currently studying an MA in Broadcast Journalism at City University, London.

Symeon Brown GVMF 2013"At their best journalists, provide the most important civic currency – to inform populations and critique power. I want to do journalism that enables us to make better choices. The quality of debate is determined by having as diverse a range of experiences and ideas as possible.

"Having a plurality of voices and experiences in a newsroom or investigative unit adds real value whether it is by accessing voices others cannot or asking the questions others did not think of. What the NUJ George Viner Memorial Trust does is make an investment into a press that becomes better equipped to tell the stories that matter.

"I am grateful to have been a beneficiary. I consider being a fellow as a responsibility to be best and most honest journalist I can be."


Celestina Olulode, 26, is from London and is currently studying an MA in Broadcast Journalism at City University, London.

Celestina Olulode GVMF 2013"Support from the George Viner Memorial Fund has enabled me to go ahead with a Masters in Broadcast Journalism at City University. I'm now half way through the course and I have learnt a lot about what is news, newsgathering, and how to be an ethical journalist.

"The Memorial Fund has also helped me gain key experience and contacts within BBC London 94.9. During my two-week placement I worked with reporter Jason Rosam on breakfast shifts, engaged in newsgathering, edited audio materials and collected voxpops. Following on from my two-week placement I am now work shadowing at the station."


Previous scholars

2012

Nia Nguyen

Hanan Bihi

Tomas Jivanda

Batseba Tesfaye

2011

Latida Mercedes-Fields

Ikaba Koyi

Nadia Khomami

Lucy Copp

Zahra Ullah

2010

Vanessa Baffoe

Hamza Mohamed

Sheun Adelasoye

Lucy Copp

Ruje Yasmin

2009

Heather Clancy

Maz Farookhi

Marvin Farquharson

Shajan Miah

Ayshah Tull

2008

Antonya Allen

Hind Hassan

Sade Laja

Zahid Lalani

Oliver Laughland

Faarea Masud

Rowena Mbanu

Scott Roberts

Saadeya Shamsuddin

Nabeela Zahir

2007

Julie Bailey

Sandra Johnson

Natalie Reeve

Samantha Wong

Osman Baig

2006

Kamali Melbourne

Nadia Gilani

Elizabeth Gyekye

Natasha Meeajane

Rumeana Jahangir

2005

Adaobi Ifeachor

Cara Simpson

Nadine Woogara

Natasha Brown

2004

Elaine Okyere

John Collingridge

Suruchi Sharma

Alinah Roberts

Dionne Clarke

2003

Carron Taylor (now Basu Ray)

Anas Kasak

Gloria Luwaji

Laya Sasikumar

2002

Samreen Naz

Anita Pati

Dilpazier Aslam

Alison Earle

Davinia Thompson

Mayen Ukanah

2001

Carina Wint

Noreen Nunoo

Shumon Rahman

Jacqueline Carroll

Shanaz Allana

Nyaki Serutla

2000

Lorraine King

Alexis Akwagyiram

Ifeyinwa Akanezi

Patris Gordon

Nitu Mistry

1999

Ushma Mistry

Mariam Fanta Manneh

Rajinder Mattu

Pranav Pravin Soneji

Lloyd Ellington

Jean Clarke

Lisa Kohli

Nishita Sharma

1998

Martin Edwards

Felicity Heywood

Huria Choudhari

Jessie Aru

Tonia Kabuubi

Frances McGinley

Andrea Enisuoh

Rishi Ahluwalia

Emmanuel Wotany

Gurbakhsh Kaur Kalsi

Jennifer Robinson

Geeta Sharma

Sean Douglas

Lidz-Ama Appiah

Adetayo Oladele

1997

Cecil Loader

Kim Collopy

Sebastian Makoni

Elphina Magona

Maureen Lewis-Coker

Emma Sogbodyer

Gavin Harper

Stephen Jusu

Julie Henry

Paulo Goncalves

Anthony Peters

Tamara Wright

1996

Bridgid Nzekwu

Jo Ibegbuna

Jennifer Adae

Kamaljit Grewall

Arveen Luthra

Delroy Banton

Annette Morris

Roseena Parveen

Mike Gebreyohanes

Malik Meer

Roger Clarke

1995

G Chohan

Jennifer Robinson

Kike Biye

1993

Adeline Iziren

Ayo Akinfe

Satvinder Sahota

Judy Ferguson

Olu-Seguni Folawtyo

Alford Grant

Ameachi Odiatu

1992

Sharmila Rampeearee

Robert Johns

Martina Johnson

Sarita Bhatia

Denise Saul

1991

Sanjay Singhal

Sharon Grey

Sangeeta Parmar

Brian Crawford

1990

Ernest Taylor

Patricia Burgess

Kamala Panday

Sidney Williams

1989

Nigel Smith

Audrey White

1988

Claire Hynes

Melanie Brown

Sanjay Singh

1987

Pratap Rughani

Salome Amarh

Martin Todd

Pravin Jeyaraj

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