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City inviting applications for postgraduate journalism scholarships with paid placements at The Daily Mirror and The Sun

Students actively engaged in British Muslim communities and interested in the under-representation of Muslims in the media are invited to apply for the Widening Media Diversity Scholarship

by Chris Lines (Senior Communications Officer)

City, University of London’s Department of Journalism is offering a pair of postgraduate scholarships for the 2019/20 academic year, in partnership with two generous donors: the Randeree Charitable Trust and the Cosaraf Charitable Foundation.

The Widening Media Diversity Scholarships will cover full tuition fees for a one-year journalism master’s degree at City, up to a maximum of £10,200.

One student will also receive an offer of a six-month paid placement at The Daily Mirror, while the other student will receive an offer of a minimum of three months paid placement at The Sun.

The scholarships are earmarked for exceptional students who are facing financial hardship and are:

  • actively engaged in British Muslim communities
  • interested in the under-representation of Muslims in the media
  • interested more broadly in developing diversity in journalism.

The key aim or objective of this scholarship is to help develop a pool of Muslim journalists who can:

  • advance diversity in the media industry
  • improve reporting on religion and minorities in the media
  • champion under-represented communities.

Furthermore, these master's degree scholarships are to support students who would like to pursue a career in journalism not just to benefit Muslim communities, but all communities, in pursuit of specific and common goals that will help create a more cohesive Britain.

The successful scholars will be assigned mentors by the donors, who will provide their mentees with advice and support on career opportunities.

The application is a two-stage process. Applicants will initially be assessed by City, University of London, with shortlisted applicants subsequently invited for interview.

Head of Department Professor Suzanne Franks said: "City's Department of Journalism is delighted to be able to offer these opportunities and thanks the donors and the two newspaper groups.

"We are committed to making entry to our MA courses as diverse as possible so that the profession in turn can reflect the widest possible range of voices."

About the donors

The Randeree Charitable Trust is a grant-making charitable organisation which awards grants in a variety of areas.

These areas include: interfaith dialogue and religious understanding; community cohesion; empowerment of young people and those from disadvantaged communities through educational initiatives, mentoring, and encouraging civic engagement; education-related projects; and other charitable endeavours.

The Cosaraf Charitable Foundation was established in 2007 by Haroon and Farouq Sheikh, and the wider Sheikh family, to benefit communities and individuals in the UK and abroad. The Foundation's priorities are:

  • Promoting strong and cohesive communities
  • Enabling young people to realise their potential
  • Empowering women and girls.

The Foundation supports projects in the UK and overseas, with a particular focus on Africa (especially East Africa) and South East Asia.

More information

Widening Media Diversity Scholarship applications for 2019/20 are now open to Home/EU students, with a deadline of Wednesday 24th July 2019. For full details on how to apply, please click here.

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