I am delighted to share that I am graduating with a First-Class Honours from Queen Mary University of London.

Finishing my degree during a pandemic brought so many new challenges. I am so grateful for all my professors and fellow students for their unwavering support during difficult times.

Since graduating, I have been working as a freelance journalist and a digital intern for Women in Journalism. Through my work, I have met wonderful journalists, attended award events and I am currently being mentored by some amazing women journalists who I really admire. I am also about to embark on an NCTJ at News Associate with funding from Chelsea FC and BCOMS (Black Collective of Media in Sports).

I’m looking forward to what the future and what’s ahead.

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The Black Collective of Media in Sports (BCOMS) is an organisation on a mission to diversify the sports media landscape in the UK founded by Leon Mann MBE. They have formed a programme in partnership with Chelsea Foundation and will fund two students from under-represented backgrounds to complete the NCTJ course at News Associates as well as offer a contribution to their living expenses.

“I am honoured to have been named one of the recipients for the inaugural Chelsea FC X BCOMS bursary. It is an incredible opportunity and I’m excited to be taught at UK’s number one NCTJ journalism school, News Associates.”

Statistics from a report by the NCTJ showed that just 1% of journalists are black and that there has never been a black sports editor at a mainstream newspaper. The industry is 92% white and 55% male and too often people that haven’t lived through our experiences are writing our realities.

“This program will equip me with the necessary skills and training to become an accredited journalist. I am so grateful for the opportunity to grow as a writer and a thinker. I hope to continue producing journalism that speaks to the heart of this country as we all work together to diversify sports media.”