The African News Agency is thrilled to announce that one of its own Africa-focused curators, Chad Anthony Williams, has been awarded a prestigious joint International News Media Association (INMA) and Google News Initiative scholarship.
INMA on Thursday announced the winners of their inaugural Elevate Scholarship aimed at accelerating training for young upcoming media professionals.
Williams, 29, is one of only 50 recipients from historically under-represented groups selected from 173 applicants from 18 countries worldwide.
“I am absolutely thrilled and quite frankly humbled to be honoured with this prestigious scholarship from the INMA and Google News Initiative. I remember growing up, all I ever wanted to become was a journalist,” Williams said.
“It took me 10 years to get to this point, but I believe that all the doors that closed in the past, made way for this divine moment. To [ANA’s Syndication Chief Content Officer] Lance Witten and [ANA Syndication Content Manager] Devereaux Morkel, as well as the rest of my team, thank you for your support and belief in me. This one is for African News Agency!”
The scholarship is aimed at supporting recipients in their early to mid careers and ultimately focusing on strengthening the future of the news business by embracing and elevating historically underrepresented and disadvantaged groups.
“The common themes across this inaugural Elevate Scholarship class were the challenges in overcoming inherent barriers in career advancement and the aspiration to be champions of diverse work environments,” said Earl J. Wilkinson, executive director and CEO of INMA. “Elevate Scholarship recipients represent a dream class of professionals. Yet for me, the stories behind the scholarship recipients helped put faces on a wider range of barriers that many professionals must overcome.”
“I’m thrilled that Chad has been selected for this prestigious scholarship,” said Witten. “I could not think of a more deserving candidate. Chad has proven himself in a very short space of time to be a true newshound, throwing himself into whatever challenge is placed before him. He has a knack for great, engaging storytelling, and is a gifted writer. He also presents one of my favourite qualities – the desire to learn.”
Scholarship recipients are receiving free access to INMA Masterclasses, mentoring meet-up with INMA and Google, a scholarship certification and one-year INMA membership.
Through Elevate Scholarships, INMA and the Google News Initiative 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.
The International News Media Association (INMA) is a global community of market-leading news media companies reinventing how they engage audiences and grow revenue in a multi-platform environment. The INMA community consists of more than 15,000 members at 850 media companies in 74 countries. Celebrating its 90th anniversary, INMA is the news media industry’s foremost ideas-sharing network with members connected via conferences, reports, Webinars, virtual meetings, and an unparalleled archive of best practices.
The African News Agency (ANA) is Africa’s first syndication and content distribution service. ANA launched in 2016 and serves local, continental and global clients with unbiased, accurate news and content from Africa by Africans 24/7.
There are 42 member businesses in ANA’s Africa Partner Network, all major media and publishing businesses, reaching over 68 million media consumers.
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