Budding Newham journalist will work on national newspaper after picking up top scholarship
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An aspiring journalist is celebrating after being picked for a top sports writing sholarship.
Karel Ikobonga, 23, is one of two budding journalists to win a place on the SunSport Diversity Training Scholarship with Wimbledon based press agency Sportsbeat.
Starting in September, the placement, worth £7,500, will include one day a week working on The Sun newspaper’s sports desk and a chance pick up a National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) qualification.
If Karel, from Canning Town, passes all his NCTJ exams, he will be offered a six-week paid internship with Sportsbeat followed by a three-month paid internship with SunSport.
Karel said: “I am very grateful for this opportunity. My mum is over the moon. She knows where we have come from as a family this is a great chance and I know not to waste it.”
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A judging panel made up of journalists from The Sun and Sportsbeat selected Karel and Lee Astley, 20, from Barking following a day of tests at Sportsbeat and a further morning of interviews and exercises at News UK.
Sportsbeat editor David Parsons said: “If they put in the work during their training there is no reason why they can’t become two of the stars of tomorrow.
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“The plan was to take just one candidate on the scheme but we were so impressed with Lee and Karel that we felt it right to offer them both a place.”