September 16, 2011
Ava Browne awarded a bursary by the Journalism Diversity Fund in the UK

Former SEARCHLIGHT contributor Ava Browne has been awarded a bursary by the Journalism Diversity Fund in the United Kingdom.{{more}}

Browne, formerly of Glenside, Mesopotamia, whose real name is Natricia Duncan, is one of eight budding journalists in the last cohort of recipients to endure a rigorous application process and impress a tough panel of industry experts to secure this much coveted award.

The fund was set up to support the training of journalists from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds. It aims to give promising journalists a kick-start in their careers by providing financial support, mentoring and networking opportunities within the industry.

Browne, who currently freelances in radio and print, has been offered a place on the Brunel University’s MA Journalism course – now ranked Number 3 in the UK.

She will have her fees paid and the support she needs to give her the best chance of success.

She said: “I am so thankful to God and for this opportunity. I know my family, especially my husband and children, are behind me, and I am grateful for their support. I also have a big thank you for SEARCHLIGHT, one of the papers that gave me the opportunity to develop my skill.

“My biggest battle has been to overcome a lack of confidence. I say this as an encouragement to those who might understand that struggle.

“The year ahead is going to be a challenge. However, I am confident, with God’s help, I can take full advantage of this fantastic opportunity.”