The Elevate Scholarship programme is designed to strengthen the future of the news business by embracing and elevating historically under-represented and disadvantaged groups below the senior management level at news media companies.
Through Elevate Scholarships, the International News Media Association (INMA) and the Google News Initiative (GNI) want to equip new faces and voices with strong news industry fundamentals as well as networking and mentoring opportunities.
Removing obstacles for equitable inclusion in news industry training and development can shatter the glass ceiling for professionals from under-represented groups, which hampers innovation and the future of news media.
A scholarship to accelerate learnings for professionals from under-represented groups who are committed to growing the news business and aspire to global best practices. There is no application fee
Diversity and inclusion are integral for next-generation news media growth.
The business of news media is jeopardised without novel ideas and innovation from a range of perspectives that represent the communities we serve: ethnicities, genders, ages, sexual orientations, religions, disabilities, access to higher education, and more.
How can the news industry become more inclusive? How can you contribute to our industry’s inclusiveness?
Criteria for selection
- Criteria: INMA and the Google News Initiative will award up to 50 Elevate Scholarships based on the applicant’s needs, aspirations, barriers, and the stories they tell in the application process.
- Who should apply: The Elevate Scholarship is for those in early- to mid-level career positions at a news media company. These positions might include marketing coordinators, writers, Web developers, designers, event coordinators, public relations heads, data developers, and many others. Individuals who apply will be looking to grow their careers, develop leadership skills, and move into higher-level positions within their companies.
- “Under-represented” context: Special consideration of the national context of under-representation and the barriers to overcome will be given in the prioritisation process.
- Prioritisation: Applicants will be prioritised vs. other applicants in the selection process.
- Diverse slate: We aim for a 2022 scholarship slate that represents diversity in all of its forms.
- Multiple competitions: INMA conducts multiple awards and scholarship competitions. You may apply for multiple scholarships, though winners of other INMA personal awards or scholarships in 2022-2023 are not eligible for an Elevate Scholarship.
- Be recognised via public announcements by INMA
- Receive a scholarship certification
- Gain free access to 3 INMA Master Classes
- Receive a free membership in INMA for one year — with full and unfettered access to the association’s global community
- Participate in a mentoring video meet-up with Google and INMA to discuss the news industry and career development
To be considered for the Elevate Scholarship, you must:
- Be employed by a news media company
- Hold a position below senior management at your organisation
- Be in the business of news media for less than 15 years
- Be under age 45
- Aspire to become a top manager at a news media company
- Be a part of an under-represented and disadvantaged group within your country
- If you qualify, go directly to the application and submit your candidacy
- If you would like to nominate a colleague from your company, go to the nomination form. Please let them know the name, and contact details of the nominee, and why you think they should be nominated. Your nominee will then be asked to fill in the application form herself/himself.
Application Deadline: September 23, 2022Application ClosedOfficial link