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50 media professionals selected for Elevate Scholarships by INMA, Google News Initiative
AfricaBrief's Editor-in-Chief, Winston Mwale, IS ONE OF THEM!!
DALLAS (2 December 2022) – Diversity and inclusion in the news media industry is the focus of the third annual Elevate Scholarship whose class of 50 media professionals was announced today by the International News Media Association (INMA) and the Google News Initiative (GNI).
The scholarship recipients from 31 countries were selected from a record-breaking 432 applications and will receive training and mentoring opportunities through INMA and GNI.
The Elevate Scholarship programme aims to strengthen the news business by equipping new faces and voices with strong media industry fundamentals as well as networking and professional development opportunities.
The scholarship elevates historically under-represented and disadvantaged groups in early- to mid-career positions. Such groups include race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, access to higher education, immigration, disabilities, and more.
“The inclusion of under-represented professionals in the news media industry is critical for innovation and the future of news media,” said Earl J. Wilkinson, executive director and CEO of INMA. “INMA is proud to partner with, and be at the front of, news industry efforts in diversity and inclusion.”
“Supporting upcoming news organisations from diverse backgrounds serving many communities is central to the Google News Initiative’s work, and we are proud to continue to partner with INMA to provide these opportunities in enabling a sustainable and innovative news ecosystem,” said Robbie Brown, News Partnerships Lead at Google.
The 50 professionals selected for Elevate Scholarships are:
Samuel Abate Woldetsadik, Journalist, Al-AIN News, Ethiopia
Rida Abdul Jaleel, Evergreen Content Specialist, Khaleej Times - Galadari Printing & Publishing LLC., United Arab Emirates
Deeksha Agarwal, Product Manager, The Economic Times, India
Adegbolahan Akinola, Senior Digital and Print Supervisor, Punch Nigeria Limited, Nigeria
Jamila Akweley Okertchiri, Journalist, Daily Guide Network, Ghana
Darany Alejandre, Marketing Coordinator, Sipse.com, Mexico
Jackline Alosi, News/Production Director & Content Producer, Nation Media Group Ltd., Kenya
Prachi Aryal, Outreach and Partnership Associate, Newslaundry, United Kingdom
Maike Berndt, Product Manager Digital Newspaper, Rheinische Post Mediengruppe, Germany
Efren Castillo, UX Designer, The McClatchy Company, United States
Esme Choi, Commercial Partnerships Manager, Dow Jones, China
Marta Cīrule, Head of Delfi Brand Studio, JSC Delfi, Latvia
Brooke Coleman, Digital Marketing Specialist, The Dallas Morning News, United States
Emily Cust, Audience Intelligence Manager, News Corp Australia, Australia
Ezaruku Draku Franklin, Staff Reporter, Monitor Publications Limited, Uganda
Shak Ebrahimjee, Associate Consultant, FT Strategies, United Kingdom
Seth Enos, Brand Manager, The Standard Media Group, Kenya
Jonathan Gholston, Retention Manager, Advance Local, United States
Ralph Gregor Gurango, Social Media Manager, Inquirer.net, Philippines
Noor Hafez, Business Development Coordinator, Financial Times, United Kingdom
Perseverance Javangwe, Reporter, Community Voices Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Dong-il Ju, Reporter, Businesswatch, South Korea
Edyth Kambalame, Bureau Chief, Nation Publications Limited, Malawi
Ekaterina Kuznetsovam, Digital Producer, Olympic Channel, Spain
Damilola Lawal, Product and Engagement Editor, HumAngle Media, Nigeria
Jinee Lee, Growth Marketing Manager, Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal, United States
Maria Lipińska, Reporter, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Poland
Tsering Lock, Retention Executive, The Economist, United Kingdom
Walter Mabonga, Sub-Editor, Tuko.co.ke, Kenya
Siddharth Maheshwari, Growth Product Manager, The Hindu, India
Jorge Maraima, Strategy Director, Australian Community Media, Australia
Er Maninder Singh, Product Manager, Punjab Kesari, India
Lebogang Mashego, Current Affairs Desk Manager, Briefly News, South Africa
Maja Mitchell, Marketing Manager, Digital Winback, Gannett | USA Today Network, United States
Moniruzzaman Monir, Manager, Advertisement Sales, Prothom Alo, Bangladesh
Justine Muboka, Sub Editor, 102 Mega Fm, Uganda
Mamusa Ndzeku, Production/Layout Sub-Editor, Independent Media, South Africa
Winston Nelson Mwale, Editor-in-Chief, AfricaBrief, Malawi
Kanon Okegawa, Asia Marketing & Product Team Member, Nikkei, Inc., Japan
Lerato Peggy Matheka, Managing Editor, Newsday Media, Lesotho
Mehvish Quadri, Digital Specialist, Hindustan Times, India
Belenn Rebecka Bekele, Community Researcher, Schibsted, Sweden
Ramadani Saputra, Web Editor, Voice of America, Indonesia
Angie September, Senior Sub-Editor, Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA), Namibia
Asnan Stanyslas, Editor-in-Chief, Le Pays, Chad
Keletso Thobega, News Reporter, Botswana Guardian & The Midweek Sun, Botswana
Julija Vercinske, Head of Subscriptions, Delfi, Lithuania
Luis Vidal, Journalist, Ciudadano News, Argentina
Candice Eva Williams, Product Manager, Mail & Guardian, South Africa
Olubunmi Yekini, Senior Reporter/Producer/Content Creator, Radio NOW, 95.3FM, Nigeria
The scholarship includes free access to three INMA master classes in 2023, a professional deveopment meet-up with INMA and Google, a scholarship certificate, and a one-year INMA membership.
About the Google News Initiative (GNI)
The Google News Initiative (GNI) is Google’s effort to partner with news publishers around the world to build a long-lasting, diverse and innovative news ecosystem. We do this by offering training, programmes, funding, and products to journalists and newsrooms to help strengthen their work in the digital age.
About the International News Media Association (INMA)
The International News Media Association (INMA) is a global community of market-leading news media companies reinventing how they engage audiences and grow revenue. The INMA community consists of more than 20,000 members at 900+ news media companies in 83 countries. INMA is the news media industry’s foremost ideas-sharing network with members connected via conferences, reports, Webinars, virtual meetings, an unparalleled archive of best practices, and strategic initiatives focused on digital subscriptions, smart data, product, advertising, newsrooms, and the publisher relationships with Big Tech.