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Ethnic minority journalism students receive grants

25 March 2010

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The George Viner Memorial Fund recognises the achievements of students from black and ethnic minorities and pays tuition fees university degrees and journalism courses.

Administered by the National Union of Journalists, it was set up to honour the career of George Viner who was a long serving member NUJ member and officer before his death in 1983.

The fund uses support for students from Britain's ethnic minorities to encourage journalism to be more representative of the whole community and was supported by the BBC this year.

In addition to the grants, the five students also enjoyed work experience placements and received guidance from BBC mentors.

Lionel Morrison, chair of the George Viner Memorial Fund, said: "There was a huge number of applications to the fund this year and the standard was extremely high.

"The five scholars to whom we were able to offer bursaries were very impressive candidates, and we are sure they have a great future in journalism ahead of them."

The five are:

  • Heather Clancy, 21, MA in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire  

  • Maz Farookhi, 24, MA in Television and Current Affairs Journalism at City University, London
  • Marvin Farquharson, 22, MA in Broadcast Journalism at City University, London
  • Shajan Miah, 32, Harlow College Fast Track Magazine Journalism Course
  • Ayshah Tull, 22, Broadcast Journalism at City University, London

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