Goldsmiths trio receive international journalism grant

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Three postgraduate students from Goldsmiths, University of London have each won a £1,000 grant to help them report on a range of stories from the developing world.

(L-R) Aghnia Adzika, Luke Radcliff and Eve Watling

(L-R) Aghnia Adzika, Luke Radcliff, and Eve Watling

Aghnia Adzkia, Luke Radcliff and Eve Watling have all received the backing from the One World Media Production Fund – a non-profit organisation that supports international journalism and promotes media coverage of global issues.

The group were three of only nine grantees this year, and they will all travel to Asia to tell their stories via a range of media.

Aghnia Adzkia (MA Digital Journalism) will be reporting from Indonesia. She will investigate the experiences of transgender workers studying at an Islamic boarding school, and the persecution they face in wider society.

Luke Radcliff (MA Television Journalism) will report from Myanmar among the hill tribe troops that played a fundamental role in ending the war in Burma (as it was then known) in 1945.

Eve Watling (MA Journalism) will study lesbian garment workers in Cambodia who, after leaving their socially conservative villages for sprawling apartment complexes in Phnom Penh, have found a community that largely accepts them for who they are.

All young journalists and film-makers applying for a One World Media grant are required to attend an international reporting workshop before making their applications. One such workshop was held at Goldsmiths in November 2016 and hosted by acclaimed documentary maker Jenny Kleeman.

Goldsmiths MA TV Journalism convenor Linda Lewis said: “This really is a wonderful scheme and it’s fantastic that Goldsmiths continues to support the workshops. I’m delighted for Aghnia, Luke and Eve on being chosen for the grants – they are fully deserving of the support and I look forward to seeing their work.”