2016 Grantees

Each year One World Media offers funding to young journalists and students based in the UK to help them cover a story in a developing country. See below for details of the 2016 grantees.

Tahir Bockarie

Freelance – reporting from Sierra Leone

Tahir Bockarie

Zita Campbell

Freelance – reporting from India

Zita Campbell

Alice McCool

Freelance – reporting from Malawi

Alice McCool

Anna Patton

Freelance – reporting from Uganda

Anna Patton

Jade Jackman

Freelance – reporting from Mexico

Jade Jackman

Julia Lemos Lima

Freelance – reporting from Brazil

Julia Lemos Lima

Lucy Provan

Freelance – reporting from Sudan

Lucy Provan

Micaela Papa

Freelance – reporting from the Philippines

Micaela Papa

Olivia Crellin

BBC – reporting from Ecuador

Olivia Crellin

Rebecca Cooke

Freelance – reporting from Mozambique

Rebecca Cooke

Simisola Jasmine Jolaoso

Freelance – reporting from South Africa

Simisola Jasmine Jolaoso

Tristan Martin

Thomson Reuters Foundation – reporting from Ethiopia

Tristan Martin

Nicola Kelly

Freelance – reporting from southern Egypt

Nicola Kelly

Lisa Lin

Freelance – Reporting from China

Lisa Lin

Danny Mitchell

Freelance – reporting from Colombia

Danny Mitchell

Joshua Smith

Aldershot News & Mail – reporting from Nepal

Joshua Smith

Andrew Davies

Freelance – reporting from Nepal

Andrew Davies

Shanshan Chen

Thomson Reuters Foundation – reporting from China

Shanshan Chen
Monica Garnsey

Monica Garnsey has directed numerous observational documentaries and current affairs films for the BBC and Channel 4 in the UK, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza and elsewhere. She was awarded an Emmy for BBC’s Death in Tehran, an Amnesty International Media Award for Execution of a Teenage Girl (BBC) and a RTS Award for Help Me Love My Baby for C4.

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Delilah Jeary

Launched in 2014, On Assignement is now going into its fourth series of intriguing reports from around the world, featuring the very best of ITV News’ award-winning correspondents. Tonight is the UK’s most watched current affairs series and covers the stories that matter to the British audience every day.

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Toby Sculthorp

Toby is an RTS and BAFTA award-winning journalist with over 25 years of experience. He worked for BBC documentaries, Panorama, Newsnight, Rough Justice and Dispatched before setting up the Sky News long form unit in 2015. He is also editor of The Pledge and Sophie Ridge on Sunday, launching in January 2017.

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Claudine Spera

A former senior producer at BBC News, Claudine shot, edited and produced home and foreign stories for the BBC as well as live news programmes. Claudine currently oversees video commissions for The Guardian’s Global Development section, as well as two associated projects focusing on gender and modern day slavery.

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Flora Gregory

With over 30 years’ experience in broadcasting and many awards under her belt, Flora is always on a mission to uncover and mentor new talent. She conceived and ran Channel 4’s long running Unreported World and was founding commissioning editor of Witness, Al Jazeera English’s flagship documentary strand. She also oversaw 20 new Al Jazeera series.

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Amy Richardson

Originally a photojournalist, Amy completed an MA in Media and International Development whilst venturing into developing social-issue documentaries. In 2011 Amy joined WorldView, supporting numerous award-winning documentaries such as Virunga, 5 Broken Cameras and the interactive Shirt on Your Back with The Guardian, before joining True Vision in 2015.

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Bruno Bayley

Bruno has worked at VICE since 2007 and became the Editor of the UK edition of VICE Magazine in 2012. He is also the Managing Editor of VICE Magazine’s international editions. He was worked on numerous independent publishing projects adn has judged several awards, including BJP’s Breakthrough Awards and Magnum/Photo London’s Graduate Awards.

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Alice McCool

Alice is a freelance journalist covering politics, society and the arts. She has been published in outlets such as The Guardian, VICE and The Economist. After finishing her masters at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies last year, Alice moved to southeastern Africa where she is currently freelancing. Before journalism, Alice spent four years working as a campaigner for anti-corruption group Transparency International.

The Story:

Alice will travel to Malawi to look into the cannabis legalisation debate, from the perspective of some of its main advocates.

In keeping with our Fair Filming Guidelines, Alice has chosen to work in partnership with Lameck Masina, a freelance journalist based in Blantyre, Malawi.

Ambition:

To be a foreign correspondent, conducting investigations and producing media which is both ethical and has a real impact.

Follow Alice on Twitter or check out her website

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Anna Patton

Anna is a freelance writer and media facilitator with a focus on international development and enterprise. After working with a number of charities and development organisations, she completed her first documentary film in 2015, about women’s boxing. Originally from Northern Ireland, Anna has lived and worked in several countries in Europe and East Africa. She is particularly concerned with how we portray and perceive others, and her work is driven by helping the reader find commonalities with people who initially appear very different.

The Story:

Through text and photos, Anna will explore the stories of refugee entrepreneurs in settlements as well as in the capital of Uganda, whose ‘self-reliance strategy’ has been praised for allowing refugees to work and trade — yet raises questions about adequate protection for vulnerable populations.

Ambition:

To be publishing high quality, thoroughly researched and sensitively written features about how ‘other’ people live. Alongside — to be working closely with communities to help them produce and share their own stories — leading teams and transferring her knowledge, for example as editor of a community-led media outlet.

Follow Anna on Twitter or check out her website

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Jade Jackman

Jade is a 22-year-old journalist and filmmaker whose work often fuses art and politics. Her work with women in detention was recently selected as one of the first recipients of the JUST SO production fund in collaboration with Sheffield DocFest. She is also the co-founder of Eye Want Change, a mobile phone film competition that aims to improve access to the media and privilege innovation over the use of expensive equipment. Her work as been shown at the BFI and EastEnd Film festival.

The Story:

How do the blind see? Jade will travel to Mexico to explore, through a creative and collaborative documentary film, perception and sight from those that society dismisses as being without it.

Ambition:

To be telling stories about people resisting the role that society has ascribed them. And, to be the proud owner of a very small and fluffy dog!

Follow Jade on Twitter or check out her website

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Julia Lemos Lima

Julia has been working with video since she graduated as a journalist in Brazil in 2007. She started her career at the largest TV network in Latin America, TV Globo, and continued to create audio-visual content in her own independent production company. In 2012, Julia co-directed the documentary TV series, Musica.doc, broadcast on VH1 Brazil/Viacom. After gathering experience as a producer, she decided to focus on directing and came to the UK to take an MA in Documentary Filmmaking at Goldsmiths in London.

The Story:

A documentary about how Brazilian women deal with sexual harassment and sexism in their daily lives.

Ambition:

To be directing documentaries portraying interesting people with engaging life stories throughout the world. To found her own production company back in Brazil and create factual content for TV, cinema and online media.

Check out Julia’s website

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Lucy Provan

Following a degree in French and Arabic, Lucy moved to the Middle East. She worked for NGOs and as a freelance journalist in Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia and the West Bank before moving to France, where she spent two and a half years working for the international news channel, France 24. She is currently working as a shooting assistant producer in London.

The Story:

Lucy will travel to Sudan to follow three contestants taking park in the Sudanese “Dragon’s Den”.

Ambition:

To work as a Producer-Director on Unreported World.

Follow Lucy on Twitter

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Micaela Papa

Micaela is the youngest internationally awarded broadcast journalist in the Philippines. She’s best known for journalism, including her first-hand report of Supertyphoon Haiyan in 2013, and documentaries on social issues, such as the multi-award-winning 2013 Brigada documentary, Gintong Krudo (Black Gold). Passionate about using media for social change, Micaela regularly gives talks on media literacy, ethics and disaster reporting. She is currently enrolled in an MA in Documentary by Practice at Royal Holloway in London.

The Story:

When the Port of Manila spurs progress for all but those who live in ramshackle huts right beside it, residents are forced to find creative ways of gathering scraps to survive. But how does this gritty, dog-eat-dog world look from the eyes of a child, and through the innocent realm of his drawings?

Ambition:

To be at the helm of her own production company that produces documentaries on Philippine social issues with an emphasis on the global context and international co-productions. To influence and teach burgeoning filmmakers in the Philippines, as well as increase Philippine consumption of documentaries and long-form content that give the context of current events.

Follow Micaela on Twitter or check out her website

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Olivia Crellin

Olivia started as a freelance journalist in South America before training at Columbia University in New York. Now she’s a multimedia reporter and filmmaker, having reported for AJ+, VICE News,The Wall Street Journal, Channel 4 News and Reuters. She wants to travel the world telling the stories many don’t want told, from places and people that most ignore. She’s passionate about social justice, women’s issues, mental health and long-form journalism.

The Story:

Olivia will travel to Ecuador to tell the story of activist Diane Rodriguez, the first transgender woman to stand for Congress, and her partner, Fernando Machado – also transgender – who have just had their first baby. She aims to discover if LGBTQ rights have improved in this Catholic country.

Ambition:

To be a broadcast foreign correspondent, presenter and documentary maker for the BBC and a mentor to other young female foreign correspondents. To change hearts – and perhaps the law – on several important and neglected stories.

Follow Olivia on Twitter or check out her website

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Rebecca Cooke

As a freelance journalist Rebecca has reported on human rights and environmental issues in Burkina Faso, Nepal and Ghana. She won the Sunday Times 2011 Tom Walker Trust Award for Young Foreign Correspondents and has recently worked in communications for an international development charity.

The Story:

Rebecca will be travelling to Mozambique to report on the issue of child marriage.

Ambition:

To be the editorial lead for an international NGO.

Follow Rebecca on Twitter

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Simisola Jasmine Jolaoso

Growing up in four countries, Simi earned her BA Languages and BA (Hons) Journalism degrees in South Africa, receiving a Best Research Award. After training as a News Reporter at Africa News TV Network, she moved back to London where her first job was a one-year internship and assistant role at MTV.  Last year, she commenced her MA in TV Journalism, taking up ITV and BBC placements where she produced news stories.

The Story:

A film about forensic nurses not only aiding victims of sexual abuse in fighting the unjust system of a country riddled with sex crimes, but also fighting their own battle against “extinction”.

Ambition:

To be a distinguished broadcast journalist, creating films about the extraordinary, interviewing world leaders and holding them to account. To create award-winning documentaries that change lives as well as produce and present her own current affairs TV or radio show.

Follow Simisola on Twitter or check out her website

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Tristan Martin

Tristan is currently a multimedia producer at the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Working in documentary film, photography and text, he covers underreported stories from around the world. With a particular interest in African politics, he has made documentaries on Kenyan politicians buying their way into power, Ethiopian smallholders struggling to make ends meet, and a Congolese diplomat working his magic in Paris.

The Story:

Tristan’s film will explore a wildly popular news channel run by a handful of Ethiopian exiles in Minnesota, and the dangers faced by the journalists they work with back home.

Ambition:

To be directing feature documentaries, and continuing to find great stories worth putting on screen.

Follow Tristan on Twitter or check out his website

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Zita Campbell

Zita Evangeline Campbell, freelance – reporting from India Zita graduated from Otago University, New Zealand in 2015 with a double major in Theatre, Film and Media. She received scholarships and completed the last year of her Bachelor’s degree abroad at the University of California Santa Cruz. After finishing her degree she moved to London and worked freelance within both areas of her studies. She is interested in international media and investigative journalism. The highlight of her freelance work was a Communications Internship with the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Norway, in which she co-wrote a story that was picked up by IJNET and translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Arabic.

The Story:

Radhyshaym, a closeted transgender from Udaipur, “longs to meet a prince”. Forced into an arranged marriage with three kids, Radhyshaym has been repressed into the role of husband and provider, yet, through dance has found a safe way to explore femininity. Male Rickshaw driver by day, female dancer by night; Radhyshaym’s life is compartmentalised. This film explores the struggles to be true to oneself within a restrictive Indian society.

Ambition:

To create influential long-form articles and documentaries on humanitarian and environmental issues.

Follow Zita on Twitter or check out her website

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Tahir Bockarie

Tahir is a researcher and photographer at heart with a keen interest in public health, international development and the environment. As a newbie to media and journalism, Tahir would like to use radio and documentaries to broadcast stories from sub-Saharan Africa. He is particularly interested in developing documentaries, podcasts and long-form content to address the relationship people have with the environment and social issues.

The Story:

Tahir’s story on post-Ebola syndromes will feature characters who will give first-hand account on the long-term condition of the Ebola Virus in Sierra Leone.

Ambition:

To develop a career as a freelance journalist and produce documentaries.

Follow Tahir on Twitter

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Shanshan Chen

Shanshan Chen is a multimedia producer with London-based Thomson Reuters Foundation. She has covered topics in the forms of short documentaries and photographs about women’s rights, LGBTi rights, humanitarian crises and issues in China. Shanshan studies documentary filmmaking at Royal Holloway, University of London, and TV and Broadcast Journalism at Shanghai International Studies Universities.

The Story:

Yi Wu, a city close to the east coast of China, encourages migrants to come to the city to boost its economy. Some 70% of its population are migrants – most are Chinese, but many are from war-ravaged countries such as Yemen, Iraq and Syria. The film will tell the stories of three migrants, their challenges and ambitions.

Ambition:

To work closely with filmmakers, producers and curators based in China and those who are interested in China, and build bridges between cultures. To make her first feature film within the next five years.

Follow Shanshan on Twitter or check out her website

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Nicola Kelly

Nicola is a freelance reporter, primarily for the BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4. She is London-based but frequently travels to cover short and long-form radio features. Most recently, she has reported from Ethiopia, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Nepal, Geneva and Glasgow. Nicola moved into journalism 6 months ago from the Foreign Office, where she worked for 7 years as a spokesperson. She is particularly interested in marginalised communities, social policy and human rights.

The Story:

Nicola will travel to southern Egypt to meet the Nubian storytellers who dedicate their lives to protecting their culture and language, which now faces extinction. In her radio documentary, Nicola will meet the archaeologists rapidly restoring a monastery before the arrival of the Arab Egyptian communities; the desert communities forced to emigrate from the banks of the Nile; and a couple forced into exile, returning to their Nubian homeland to be married.

Ambition:

To connect with the listener, finding unusual and human angles that engage and encourage action. To be a world affairs correspondent for the BBC.

Follow Nicola on Twitter or check out her Facebook

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Lisa Lin

Lisa, originally from China, is a documentary producer and photographer with a focus on social issues and injustice in developing countries. She produced her first documentary film in 2013 on social consequences of the One-Child-Policy in China, and worked on a documentary series for Nat Geo Asia in Singapore in 2015. Lisa has studied and worked in the UK, China and Singapore, and was involved in investigating Chinese air pollution. She is particularly concerned with how media could raise the public awareness of unreported issues, help change the lives of individuals involved and potentially create significant impacts on the society.

The Story:

This film is an intimate portrait, observing the day to day existence of the villagers who live and breathe the deadly side effects of mass consumerism in Qian’an, a town 100 miles away from Beijing, China’s capital city. Qian’an is a place populated by resilient characters that are very important to the consuming west and the producing east, yet they remain under-represented. Lisa will travel back to China to uncover the daily lives in Qian’an, an existence where humour and hope still shine through. The film aims to raise people’s awareness of costs behind China’s economic growth.

Ambition:

To produce documentaries unveiling the stories behind contemporary issues and let communities’ voices be heard by the public through various platforms. To launch an environmental foundation which could support communities in polluted areas with daily necessities, youth education and legal aid.

Follow Lisa on Twitter or check out her website

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Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith is a reporter for the Aldershot News & Mail Series and gethampshire.co.uk, where he covers the town of Farnborough. He trained at Cardiff University’s Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. He has completed placements at The Guardian and the BBC, and was part of Sky News’s General Election digital camera project during this time.

The Story:

There is a large Nepalese community in Aldershot News & Mail Series’s patch, and in the wake of the Nepal earthquake in 2015 the newspaper’s readers raised more than £250,000 in aid. Joshua is creating an immersive written project, looking at how that money has been spent.

Ambition:

To report on stories that change perspectives and produce work that impacts change.

Follow Josh on Twitter

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Danny Mitchell

Danny completed a degree in Film and TV at the Edinburgh College of Art in 2003. He then moved to Mexico where he continued to work on documentary film projects, with a particular interest in movements concerned with political change. He now works in London as a part-time mental health social worker and an independent filmmaker. His last documentary was Reykjavik Rising, a feature length documentary about the ‘Pots and Pans Revolution’ in Iceland. It has been screened at various film festivals throughout Europe.

The Story:

Danny will travel to Colombia to film Esteban, a young guerrilla fighter in the FARC who is also a talented rapper. Through his story the film will examine this tense period in Colombian history as the world’s longest civil war comes to an end.

Ambition:

To make independent documentary films that demonstrate a better world is possible.

Danny is part of a production group called Conscious Collective. Check out their Facebook or website

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Andrew Davies

Andrew is an independent film-maker and founder of filmmaking collective CampaignFilm. Andrew’s core interests are animal welfare, human inequality and modern ritual across eastern and western culture. For the last 10 years he has worked with global NGO’s through his CampaignFilm collective – producing drama, documentary and reports for global campaigns. He’s made films covering the abolition of bullfighting in Catalonia, the extraction of animals from the Fukushima exclusion zone following the nuclear disaster and the stories of orphaned children who reside next to the railroads of India.

The Story:

Andrew with travel to Nepal to meet Mahout’s (elephant drivers) working in the tourist trade whose work is often criticised by the very tourists who ride the elephants, where pay conditions could be viewed as exploitative and how caste plays a role in restricting work opportunity outside the elephant tourism industry.

Ambition:

To work with great people on fascinating projects; to communicate the nuance of individual’s stories that reflect universal themes that, as humans, we all relate to.

Follow Andrew on Twitter or check out his website

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