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Leading Change Journalism Bursary

Leading Change Journalism Bursary

Announcing the #LCJB17 winners

It wasn't easy, but we have finally chosen the winners of the Leading Change Journalism Bursary for 2017. And we are so excited! Thank you so much to everyone who applied and to everyone who shared posts on social media or helped spread the message!

This year we had more than twice as many applications and they were fantastic! After an agonising process – including long-listing, short-listing and lots of discussion – we are delighted to announce the following 2017 winners!

  • Africa – Thuku Kariuki, Kenya
  • Americas – Denyce Blackman, Barbados
  • Asia – Kwan Wei Kevin Tan, Singapore
  • Canada and Europe – Jade Jackman, UK
  • Pacific – Morgan Cataldo, Australia

Read on to find out more about them!

Africa – Thuku Kariuki, Kenya

Thuku Kariuki

Thuku is a film-maker with eight years experience in the media, who works for Afrika Live Media in Nairobi, Kenya. Since September 2012, Thuku has travelled to more than 15 African countries capturing the positive Africa and African talent.

Americas – Denyce Blackman, Barbados

Denyce Blackman

Denyce started her career as Editor of the youth arm of The Nation newspaper, where she developed a passion for Caribbean youth development. Her love for visual story-telling emerged at the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, where she produces topical material for regional radio and television.

Asia – Kwan Wei Kevin Tan, Singapore

 Kwan Wei Kevin Tan in a harbour with skyscrapers in the background

Since 2015, Kevin has been contributing articles to Your Commonwealth as a Commonwealth Correspondent. He was selected as Correspondent of the Month for June 2016.

Canada and Europe – Jade Jackman, UK

Jade Jackman

Jade Jackman is filmmaker and multi-media journalist who whose work as been shown at the British Film Institute, Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Tate. She has worked for a mix of media platforms including Refinery29, i-D magazine, Dazed & Confused and the Index on Censorship.

Pacific – Morgan Cataldo, Australia

Morgan Cataldo

Morgan works for Melbourne City Mission, and regularly writes articles for a variety of Australian publications covering social justice, particularly homelessness, poverty and youth justice. She has also contributed to research documents – Let’s Talk: Young Women’s Views on Sex Education and A Whole Generation out of Date. In 2016, she was a highly commended runner-up in the 2016 Queen's Young Leaders Awards.

Additional commissions

We loved this year's applications and really wish we had more bursaries to offer.

Like last year, there were some ideas we just could not turn away, so over 2017 we'll also be commissioning content from:

  • Regina Lepping, Solomon Islands
  • Sarah Eleazar, Pakistan
  • Chijindu Umunnakwe, Nigeria, who was also a highly commended runner-up in the 2016 Queen's Young Leaders Awards
  • Ngozi Cole, Sierra Leone

We’re so excited about all the new stories we’ll be uploading to Leading Change. Look out for hashtag #LCJB17 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to find updates, links to winners’ content and news of future bursaries!