"supporting and encouraging high quality economic, financial and business journalism"

The Wincott Foundation was set up in 1969 in honour of Harold Wincott, the most distinguished economic journalist of his day in the UK. The current chairman is Sir Geoffrey Owen, former editor of the Financial Times. Sir Geoffrey is supported by a group of trustees who have a background in business, journalism and academia.

One-Year Postgraduate Scholarship

The Wincott Foundation postgraduate scholarship in business and economics journalism at the Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

In early 2012, The Wincott Foundation agreed to create an annual postgraduate scholarship in business and economics journalism at the Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC), as part of its mission to encourage excellence in financial and business journalism.

JOMEC (www.cardiff.ac.uk/jomec) is one of the world's leading journalism schools. It set up the Centre for Journalism in 1971 under the leadership of Sir Tom Hopkinson to provide vocational postgraduate training. Its alumni include John Witherow, Editor of the Sunday Times, Alex Thomson, Senior Correspondent of Channel 4 News and Craig Oliver, No 10's Director of Communications.

The Wincott scholarship pays the winner's tuition fees for one year. In addition to its regular journalism MA programme, JOMEC provides the winner with specialist modules and projects in business and economics reporting.

The first winner of the scholarship was Catherine Snowdon, who took up her scholarship in the 2012-13 academic year. After completing the Diploma, Catherine was offered an internship with Bloomberg TV. After three months as an intern she was offered a full time position as a segment producer at the business news network. During her time at Bloomberg, Catherine honed the TV production skills she had been taught at JOMEC but was also eager to improve her radio production abilities.

In 2014 Catherine moved to the BBC where she became a business producer for the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4. Catherine also works on World Service programming.

Keisha Gitari, the Wincott scholar in 2014-15, decided several years ago that she wanted to be a journalist, and soon focused on financial journalism. "You feel like you are dealing with reality," she said in a conversation at Sky News headquarters where she had a three-week internship on the business news desk as part of her Wincott scholarship. Keisha worked four years for CNBC Africa in Lagos; producing, directing, writing and interviewing on all kinds of West African business, economics and finance themes. Still, she found the graduate programme at Cardiff challenging. "Boy, it has been intense!" She initially expressed some frustration with having to look for the Welsh angle in assignments she worked on, "but it has taught me to think more carefully about what the viewer needs and wants". At her Sky internship, she is grateful to have been thrown "into the thick of it" from the beginning, assisting in the production of news bulletins. She is now looking for a full-time job in London after completing her scholarship in August.

To apply for the scholarship, please contact Professor Richard Sambrook (sambrookrj@cardiff.ac.uk) at JOMEC.


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