February 3, 2022 (Updated )
Almost 18 months after we unveiled our first cohort of Journo Resources Fellows, we’re delighted to finally announce the class of 2022. Thanks to continued support from our sponsors The Printing Charity and The Society Of Editors – as well as every single person who bought a copy of The Yearbook.
The scheme, which has been adapted to provide better support, will offer the 13 journalists at least six months of support, including tailored workshops, 1-2-1 mentoring and at least one paid commission on Journo Resources’.
More than half of our previous cohort of fellows have already gone on to find regular work within the media industry, at a diverse range of publications including the BBC, Newsquest, PA Media, Readers’ Digest and The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine. We can’t wait to follow the journey of our next fellows.
You can read the incredible work from our 2020/21 fellows here, look at our latest cohort below – and you can support the scheme by purchasing a copy of The Yearbook here.
We fund our fellowship through the kind support of sponsors and the sale of our annual yearbook. Featuring original journalism from all 12 of our 2020/21 fellows, as well as buckets of personal development exercises to help you plan your media career.
It’s 100 pages designed to inspire you, whatever point you’re at in your journalism journey. There’s place for your ideas, space to set out your goals, and a directory full of useful resources. Plus, every single penny goes back to supporting the fellows listed below.
The Class Of 2022
Angbeen Abbas, London
Angbeen is a final year student at LSE. She is currently the Executive Editor of The Beaver, LSE’s student newspaper, and has previously produced episodes for and edited its podcast section, Beaver Sound.
Mairéad Siobhán, Jersey
Mairéad began her journalism career while studying Communications and History at Loyola University New Orleans where she received awards for her reporting on the Bourbon Street protests and the aftermath that followed back in 2018.
Now, she joins the fellowship with an interest in tech, business, and the future of work and will be exploring how flexible, freelance and remote opportunities can help journalism become a more accessible and diverse industry.
Sundus Abdi, Birmingham
Sundus has just begun her journey into journalism after completing a degree in political science and international relations. She previously wrote for student publications and a migrant-centred charity. She is passionate about migration, politics, Islam, race and intersectional feminism.
Her piece for Journo Resources will look at best practice for journalists when covering stories around Islam and Muslims, and she hopes to shed some light on communities that are rarely represented in media.
Stephanie Stacey, Cumbria
Stephanie is a modern languages student (and former maths dropout) from Cumbria. While at university, she has been extensively involved with student journalism and has also written freelance articles for outlets such as Hyperallergic and FGRLSCLUB.
Alongside reporting, she enjoys watercolour painting and making soup. Her piece for Journo Resources will focus on how to report statistical data in an accurate and engaging way.
Moneeka Thakur, St Albans
Moneeka is a culture connoisseur who is passionate about all things literature, film and television related.
With pieces in Creative Pool, Writers Make Worlds and Cherwell, her portfolio focuses on the urgent matter of diversifying the creative industries.
She is excited to continue providing a spotlight on under-represented voices, particularly in the arts. In this scheme, Moneeka will look at how to approach job descriptions as a neurodiverse applicant.
Dominic Plaskota, Surrey
Dom is based in Guildford, Surrey, having studied Law LLB at the University of Nottingham. He discovered his interest in journalism at university after founding the student news page SummedUp.co.uk with a group of friends. He took to writing like a fish to water and sought to pursue his newfound passion through a career in journalism.
His work for Journo Resources will focus on how to navigate a career in journalism with ADHD.
Kate Hammer, Glasgow
Originally from Canada, Kate Hammer lives in Glasgow and works across the UK. She is passionate about the stories that need to be told and all of the ways that we tell them, adapt them, and intake them. Yet, even after completing a Masters in Television Writing, she never loses touch with her goat farming roots.
Kate is excited to work with the Journo Resources team to learn, improve, and enter the world of journalism and her commission will explore the role of travel journalism in a climate crisis. You can find Kate on Twitter here.
Marcus Wratten, London
Marcus is a Journalism MA and NCTJ student with bylines from outlets including MyLondon, Happiful Magazine and Attitude Magazine. He has a particular interest in feature writing and hopes to focus on areas including LGBTQ+ rights, mental health, local community, work culture, and pop culture.
In 2020, he became the Features Editor of his university’s publication, the Kingston Courier, before becoming Editor-in-Chief in 2021. Outside of his university course, he writes case studies for a crisis charity. His piece will focus on whether journalists really need Twitter.
Alicia Mills, North Wales
Ali is a writer, researcher and project manager based in between North Wales and London. Ali is currently undertaking an MA by Research following four years of work in the cultural industries, where she worked for various organisations including the National Theatre and the Almeida Theatre. She was recently shortlisted for the Guardian Foundation’s Hugo Young Award.
Her piece for Journo Resources will focus on managing anxiety in pressurised media roles.
Nyima Jobe, London
Nyima is a final year student in international relations and politics at the University of Essex. Alongside this, she is a freelance writer and has had bylines in Stylist Magazine and gal-dem. She mainly writes about social issues faced by underrepresented voices in the media.
Her feature for Journo Resources will look at the experiences of Black freelancers in the UK media.
Cameron Hume, Newcastle
Cameron is a 23-year-old from Newcastle who has recently completed an MA in International Multimedia Journalism. He is frequently found watching any sport he can get his eyeballs on, scrolling through the depths of political Twitter, or listening to an unhealthy amount of Billy Joel. Journalistically he is interested in generational and regional inequality, religion, and sport.
His piece for Journo Resources will look at how to begin a journalism career outside of London.
Daz Skubich, Manchester
Daz Skubich is a 24-year-old freelance journalist and content creator. They are currently studying for their NCTJ diploma alongside working for a Students’ Union and running Game Assist with their friend.
They specialise in writing about video games, LGBTQ+ issues and disability politics, and live in Manchester with their partner and their two cats. Their work for Journo Resources will look at increasing the representation of trans and non-binary people in newsrooms.
Paridhi Badgotri, Edinburgh
Paridhi is a masters student in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh with a passion for the art of organising things. She previously completed her undergraduate degree in India, where she re-started the department’s literary journal.
Paridhi will look at how the media can help create a sense of belonging in her work with Journo Resources.