Founding Director & Editor-In-Chief

October 2, 2023 (Updated )

Following an extremely high volume of applications for the Journo Resources Fellowship Programme, we are delighted to finally announce our third cohort — the class of 2023/24.

This year, thanks to the longstanding support of The Printing Charity, as well as new partners Newsworks and the Daniel Phelan Trust, we’re able to support 11 emerging journalists.

Members of the cohort will receive at least six months of support, including one-to-one mentoring and guidance, tailored workshops and events, access to all our career development membership resources, and at least one paid commission. This year, for the first time, Journo Resources is also supporting an additional 10 candidates with free lifetime membership.

You can see full details of all our fellows and shortlisted candidates below — we can’t wait to work with them. You can also read the brilliant work from our 2022/23 cohort here. Fellows delved into a wide range of topics — from the importance of Muslim representation in the British media to the sustainability of travel journalism.

Our previous fellows have gone on to roles at organisations such as the BBC, Tech Monitor, PinkNews, PA Media, The Guardian, Newsquest, Readers’ Digest, and The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine, to name but a few.

If you can, please consider supporting us via a membership so we can continue our work on programmes like these.

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The 2023/24 Fellows

Our fellows receive one-to-one mentoring for six months, will work on a paid commission for the Journo Resources website with one of our editors, and take part in bespoke workshops.

Georgie, a woman with brown hair, sits in the woodlandGeorgie Styles, Gwynedd, Wales

Georgie has a background in food anthropology, holding an MA in the subject from SOAS, University of London. Her journalism focuses on food, farming, climate, and social issues.

In particular, she wants to tell intimate stories that tackle big issues, raising the voices of those often left unheard. Her work for Journo Resources will look at changing the way we talk about food and farming in journalism, from our recipe pages to restaurant reviews.

Georgie also has experience working as a podcast producer and host and is also a 2023 Churchill Fellow.

You can follow Georgie on LinkedIn and Instagram.

Ayza Alavi, Slough, England

Ayza has just completed a degree in fashion journalism at the University of the Arts London. As part of this, she has written extensively for Shift, the university’s fashion publication.

She also wrote, designed, and illustrated her own fashion magazine Facade, looking at the “facades” women create to get through everyday life.

Ayza’s piece for Journo Resources will explore if women feel compelled to dress a certain way or use makeup to fit into the newsroom.

You can follow Ayza on LinkedIn.

Ananya Ranjit, Cardiff, Wales

Ananya is a journalist who believes that good human interest stories can make the world feel like a more familiar place.

She has just finished an undergraduate degree in communication and media studies at Cardiff University, where she was the deputy head of design at Quench.

For her piece at Journo Resources, she will look at the challenges faced by international journalists when trying to obtain a visa.

You can follow Ananya on LinkedIn and you can see her portfolio online.

Alex McMonnies, Denbighshire, Wales

Alex is a sports journalist who recently graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism from the University of Central Lancashire.

They have also written for publications such as the Telegraph, Liverpool Echo, and the Non-League Football Paper, as well as working for Preston North End for two years.

His piece for Journo Resources will look at how to craft sports stories that reach a wider audience than sports fans.

You can see Alex’s portfolio here and follow him on Twitter.

Adaeze ‘Daisy’ Onwuelo, Nottinghamshire, England

Daisy is part of the Big Issue‘s freelancing scheme, which nurtures and mentors aspiring freelance journalists, as well as being a Creative Access and Penguin Random House Mentee.

Her work has been published in Shout Out UK, Heroica, and SAND Journal. In her spare time, she volunteers with The Debut Digest, where she reads and reviews debut authors.

Her piece for Journo Resources will explore themes about journalism and trust.

Rachel Brooks, Edinburgh, Scotland

Rachel Brooks is a recent graduate of English Literature from the University of Glasgow. She has always loved writing and enjoys experimenting with form and style.

Her writing can be found in Metal Magazine, GUM, The Write Stuff E-book and chew/gulp/spit. As well as writing, she enjoys editing and is part of Indie Novella’s Volunteer Editor Programme.

Rachel’s piece for Journo Resources will look at the making and maintenance of a journalists’ physical space.

You can follow Rachel on LinkedIn.

Angela Garwood, Wokingham, England

Angela is a mother of two, actor and copywriter from Wokingham, Berkshire. Previously a local journalist, they’ve written a column “Honest Motherhood” for Wokingham Today for several years.

Outside of this, she writes about life and creativity on her blog, The Colourful Kind, and particularly enjoys interviewing people from different backgrounds and sharing their stories. Her most recent interview is with Emma Cantrell MBE, Founder and CEO of First Days Children’s Charity.

Angela’s piece for Journo Resources will look at the realities of breaking into journalism while raising children.

You can follow Angela on LinkedIn.

Lauren Hope Sanderson, Plymouth, England

Lauren is beginning her freelance writing career after completing a degree in English and Philosophy at the University of Bristol.

She is Editor-in-Chief at the women-led publication Empoword Journalism and has previously been extensively involved with student journalism. She was a UK delegate at UN Women’s CSW67.

She is interested in feature writing, focusing on social inequalities, and arts and culture and her piece for Journo Resources will focus on the benefits of AI to journalists.

You can find Lauren on LinkedIn and her portfolio is here.

Ella Porteous, Kent, England

Ella studied English and American Literature and History with a Year in Journalism at the University of Kent.

She has a passion for telling LGBTQIA+ stories and has written for publications such as DIVA Magazine, The New Feminist, and The New Age Magazine.

Her piece for Journo Resources will explore navigating the journalism industry with learning difficulties, in particular dyslexia.

You can follow her on LinkedIn.

Kayley Loo Yi Zhen, London, England

Kayley Loo is a Malaysian based in London. She largely writes about digital, entertainment, and culture. Some of her work can be found on Empoword Journalism, Medium, and Fandom Entertainment.

A multi-disciplinary creative, she is the co-creator and co-host of RemoteWatch, a film and TV podcast that transcends time.

With Journo Resources, she will explore the “jack-of-all-trades” expectations of modern-day freelance journalists.

You can follow her on LinkedIn here.

Bashirat looks to camera. She wears a read top and black glassesBashirat Oladele, London, England

Bashirat is a final-year student at LSE. She has written for publications such as the BBC, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue and many others. She’s particularly interested in writing about the creator economy and culture.

Her piece for Journo Resources will explore what the death of indie publications such as gal-dem and Bitch Media means for journalism as an industry.

You can check out her portfolio here.

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The Shortlist

For the first time, our shortlist will also receive support from Journo Resources. A lifetime membership grants them access to bespoke training and support, as well as our online community. The shortlist is: