Three students have received funding under the Simon Cumbers Media Fund Student Scheme.
The Scheme is designed to give students a greater understanding of development issues. It is open to all full- and part-time third-level students over the age of 18, who are enrolled in a third-level education institution in Ireland.
As part of their prize, the students will receive guidance and one-to-one mentoring from journalists within three of Ireland’s leading media organisations: The Irish Times; Newstalk and thejournal.ie. These media outlets will also publish the winners’ reports.
Aisling Curtis, who has just completed a psychology degree at Trinity College Dublin, will travel to Mozambique to report on the consequences of child marriage on mental health. She will be mentored by deputy editor of thejournal.ie, Christine Bohan.
Jane Fallon Griffin, who has just completed a degree in History and Spanish at Trinity College Dublin, will travel to Uganda to explore the effects of the AIDS crisis on the young and the elderly. She will be mentored by Irish Times Foreign Policy Editor, Paddy Smyth.
Kathy O’Hare, who is currently pursuing an MA in Digital Cultures at University College Cork, will travel to Tanzania to examine the impact coral blasting has on the environment, tourism and employment in the country. She will be mentored by Newstalk producer, Susan Cahill.