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Google News Initiative-UCLan Journalism Innovation and Leadership (JIL) Programme 2023

Google News Initiative-UCLan Journalism Innovation and Leadership (JIL) Programme 2023

Application Deadline: 15 November 2022

The University of Central Lancashire’s flagship Journalism Innovation and Leadership (JIL) Programme, which is supported by the Google News Initiative (GNI) on both continents, offers 30-week part-time postgraduate certificate and two-year master’s of arts course co designed by team of practice-led academics and innovative industry leaders to foster the next generation of diverse news media leaders.

Since its UK start in 2020, media professionals from ten nations have participated in the distance-learning JIL Programme and have been invited to attend intensive study blocks in Preston. 
For the first time, the program will be launched in Sub-Saharan Africa alongside the UK-based initiative in January of next year.
To make the course more accessible, the programs will run concurrently and be taught entirely online, with the option of attending two intensive learning blocks in person or online – one in Preston and the other in Cape Town.


A significant interest in the difficulties confronting journalism and its leaders, as demonstrated by a 250-word statement describing your daily activities, the relevance of the program to your work, your course goals, and how you will apply the learning in context.
Typically, an undergraduate degree in journalism or a related media field with a 2:1 or above is required.

Alternatively, evidence of significant professional journalism/media industry experience (normally five years).

Basic computer literacy and internet access.
International applicants must have an IELTS score of 7 or above.

As part of their application for the course, applicants will be interviewed and requested to provide complete CV.


Thanks to continuous GNI assistance, 30 scholarships will be available in 2023, with 15 spots specifically earmarked for participants from Sub-Saharan Africa.
These participants are also eligible for travel scholarships to attend the Northern Hemisphere
Autumn intense learning block in Cape Town, which is available to all students.
The GNI also contributes to the industry mentoring program by providing essential network connections and access to a pioneering strategy and practice in the news industry.


Tuition scholarships are being provided by the Google News Initiative (GNI) and International and Media Facilitate (IMS) to support participation in the one-year part-time, distance-learning post-graduate certificate program.
There are two award categories:

GNI is supporting 30 postgraduate certificate scholarships (one year, part time) to help the next generation of diverse news media leaders around the world, particularly those working in UK newsrooms and across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Participants from Africa can also apply for a travel grant to let them attend one of the two optional face-to-face study blocks.
IMS is a grantee and partner support organization based in Denmark that works with media in countries afflicted by armed conflict, human insecurity, and political transition.

Scholarship applications are available from the course leader, Dr. François Nel, at [email protected] after applying to the course.

The scholarship application deadline is October 30th. Those who have been shortlisted will be invited to an online interview, with decisions expected by November 15th.

For further information: Visit the UCLan Journalism Innovation and Leadership (JIL) Programme 2023 Official Website.

Israel Wellington Jeremiah
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