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JNI Opportunity Fellowship recipients announced

Three young journalists have been chosen to join the inaugural JNI Opportunity Fellowships program. The fellowship recipients are:

  • Zathia Bazeer
  • Tricia Rivera
  • Rafqa Touma

The recipients were announced during the Walkley Foundation’s Mid-Year Celebration of Journalism on June 16.

Rafqa Touma, Zathia Bazeer and Tricia Rivera with their JNI Opportunity Fellowship awards. Image: Walkley Foundation

The JNI Opportunity Fellowships give talented early-career journalists and individuals from diverse backgrounds the chance to develop their journalism careers. They have the opportunity to work in a newsroom, build connections, and undertake substantive reporting.

The Institute’s Director of Education, Andrea Ho, said the fellowship recipients will get to work in some of Australia’s biggest newsrooms.

“JNI is glad to join with Walkley Foundation to make it possible for these three emerging journalists to spend an extended time working in well-established newsrooms in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane respectively,” she said.

“They’ll have the chance not only to learn the ropes and publish work, but to make contacts and connections to help move their careers forward.

“For the newsrooms, it brings exciting new voices with different community knowledge and perspectives onto their floor, so everyone wins.”

Meet the fellows

Zathia Bazeer is the winner of the Fellowship with Ten and The Courier Mail.

Zathia Bazeer is a Melbourne-based journalism student at Macleay College. She is participating in the JNI Opportunity Fellowship to develop her career and achieve her goal of becoming a news presenter/producer. Zathia also wants to provide ethical reporting of stories involving underrepresented Australian communities.

Zathia Bazeer web

Tricia Rivera is the winner of the JNI Opportunity Fellowship with Nine.

Tricia Rivera is a young journalist who is passionate about telling compelling stories. She studied journalism and human rights at Monash University and also studied in Bangkok for three years. Since graduating, she has written for various community publications. Tricia’s main interests are investigative journalism and feature writing.

Tricia Rivera web

Rafqa Touma is the winner of the JNI Opportunity Fellowship with Guardian Australia.

Rafqa Touma is a law/journalism student at UTS. She currently volunteers at 2SER, and works in overnight television production with the ABC. She has previously been News Video Editor of UTS’ Central News, interned at The Guardian as recipient of the Adele Horin Prize, and studied with the School of The New York Times.


Rafqa Touma web