Diversity Fund Helps Support Quartet of Glasgow Journalism Students

Four journalism students at Glasgow Caledonian University have had part of their course fees paid for them from a fund designed to encourage a wider diversity of people in the media.

Lalita Augustine, Emma Clifford, Katy McCloskey and Catherine Clifford are among 31 recipients of funding from the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

The NCTJ's Journalism Diversity Fund also made a contribution towards the quartet's living expenses. They are studying the MA Multimedia Journalism course.

Last week, more than 60 people attended a reception last week in England, hosted by Robin Esser, executive managing editor of the Daily Mail. Kim Fletcher, chair of the NCTJ, accepted a £100,000 donation on behalf of the Journalism Diversity Fund from David Pugh, managing director of the Newspaper Licensing Agency, which charges organisations to access and copy newspaper material.

Speaking about the ongoing support from the NLA, which has so far helped 94 would-be journalists with their training, David said: “By the end of 2010, the NLA will have contributed over half a million pounds to the Journalism Diversity Fund since its launch in 2005. We, and the newspapers we represent, are proud to have supported the training of just under 100 journalists in that time.”

The deadline for applications to the Journalism Diversity Fund for courses beginning next year is the 29th of next month. Applicants can be sixth-formers, undergraduates or mature students.

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