Staff Writer

February 2, 2023 (Updated )

With our new Refine Newsroom and Reporting Fellowship now underway, we’re thrilled to finally announce the 40 fellows participating in the inaugural programme supported by the Association of British Science Writers.

The Refine fellowship centres on the notion that most journalists in this day and age — whether staff or freelance — are increasingly required to be science writers or communicators at some point.

Science crops up everywhere. It could be climate science in sports reporting, or ethical and medical concerns in the makeup world. From scientific feats achieved in the fashion world to ongoing reporting on the cost of living crisis, journalists are likely to encounter science in one way or another, whatever their beat may be.

Our fellows, all selected through a highly competitive process, work across different specialisms and bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table. We are looking forward to seeing those on the programme develop the skills and confidence to work towards producing STEM stories within their own specialisms.

Our Focus On The Fellowship

Following in-depth feedback from our fellows about the areas of science writing they wished to develop throughout the fellowship, we have developed a programme of five interactive workshops with industry professionals.

Amongst other things, the fellowship sessions will focus on communicating complex science to audiences without losing any nuance; interpreting research critically; finding original and innovative stories and case studies; using multimedia to tell science stories; solutions journalism and using science stories to uplift marginalised perspectives; and dealing with data.

Fellows will also receive a wider package of support through our Journo Resources membership.

Our 2023 Refine Newsroom & Reporting Fellows Include:

  • Anmol Agrawal, Journalist
  • Faheem Akhtar, Journalist
  • Tammie Ash, Development researcher at BBC Studios
  • Stephanie Bailey, Head of content at Sifted
  • David Bass, Political journalist
  • Molly Blair, Editorial and digital assistant at Gardens Illustrated
  • Jessica Broadbent, Reporter at Just Food and Just Drinks
  • Dolly Carter, Reporter at the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star
  • Catalina-Adelina Constantin, Freelance writer
  • Megan Cooke, Journalist at Sheffield Wire and Forge Press
  • Katharyn Daniels, Broadcast journalist at Falkland Islands Television
  • Claudia De Meulemeester, Freelance journalist
  • Imani Dlamini, Producer
  • Cyann Fielding, Journalist
  • Amy Fogarty, Freelance writer
  • Miranda Gabbott, Freelance writer
  • Joshua Geer, Reporter at Field Gibson Media
  • Craig Gent, Head of operations at Novara Media
  • Miriam Gradel, Freelance journalist
  • Melissa Hobson, Self-employed
  • Riddhi Kachhela, Freelance journalist
  • Anastasia Koutsounia, Community journalist at Community Care
  • Frey Lindsay, Freelance at BBC World Service
  • Tasmin Lockwood, Journalist at Insider
  • Pamela Machado, Freelance
  • Munyaradzi Makoni, Freelance journalist
  • Ada McVean, Freelance science writer
  • Allie Nawrat, Senior journalist at UNLEASH
  • Sadia Nowshin, Editorial assistant at Sifted
  • Jessica Taylor Price, Freelancer
  • Yannic Rack, Freelance journalist
  • Katie Randall, Marketing and communications manager
  • Andrew Salerno-Garthwaite, Senior defence reporter at GlobalData
  • Aisha Sembhi, BBC Sport
  • Nikhil Paras Shah, Journalist
  • Ellie Sivins, Freelance
  • Maximilian Alexander Henry Starr, GeoEnvironmental consultant
  • Aruni Sunil, Junior writer at Sifted
  • Alice Toomer-McAlpine, Editorial assistant
  • Isabeau van Halm, Data journalist at Energy Monitor
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Hannah Bradfield
Hannah Bradfield

Hannah is a recent graduate from Loughborough University, where she studied a BA in English and Sport Science and an MA in Media and Cultural Analysis. Alongside her studies, Hannah was on the editorial teams of several student magazines and, in 2018, was awarded ‘Best Student Journalist, Midlands’ by SPA. She was a BBC Sport Kick Off Reporter in 2019, and had co-founded and edited a one-off 40-page print and digital magazine in celebration of International Women’s Day 2021.