Ambassadors

Mentoring – good, useful mentoring – is at the core of everything we do at PressPad. It’s why we don’t just rent rooms with random people across the country but go searching for successful, brilliant journalists for our interns to room with. It’s also why we’ve now recruited our first batch of PressPad Ambassadors!

The PressPad Ambassador scheme is meant to add another layer of mentoring to our work. Not everyone who wants to help will have a spare room – but that doesn’t mean that younger journalists can’t help out! 

Many of the people who follow us are young, aspiring journalists looking to break into an industry that for people from disadvantaged backgrounds sometimes seems impenetrable. That’s where our ambassadors come in. Firstly, to show that it can be done and, secondly, to show how to do it!

Yomi Adegoke The Guardian
Yomi Adegoke is a multi-award winning journalist who is currently the woman's columnist at The Guardian. She is also co-author of the bestselling book Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible and was named one of the most influential people in London by the Evening Standard last year.
Catrin Nye BBC
Catrin Nye is an award-winning investigative journalist, documentary maker and presenter for the BBC. She has reported from all over the world on human rights, migration, extremism, radical movements and technology for BBC Panorama, Radio 4, the Victoria Derbyshire programme and BBC World. Catrin grew up in South Wales and lives in London.
Symeon Brown Channel 4 News
Symeon Brown is a reporter and journalist at Channel 4 News. He has previously worked with Vice, Guardian, the Huffington Post, CNN, New Statesman and The Voice. In 2018, he was named in Britain’s 30 to Watch: Young Journalist awards by MHP. His long read on the ‘Wolves of Instagram’ was nominated for a 2019 Orwell Prize and shortlisted for a 2018 British Journalism Award.
Ellis Palmer BBC
Ellis is a digital video journalist at BBC News. He previously worked for BBC World.
Sahar Zand BBC
Sahar is a British Iranian journalist and presenter, and an international award winning documentary maker. She joined BBC World News and BBC World Service in 2014, and has made a number of TV, radio and digital pieces from around the world covering a wide range of stories.
Sharan Dhaliwal Burnt Roti
Sharan Dhaliwal is editor in chief of Burnt Roti magazine, a platform aimed to give voices to South Asian creatives while breaking down stigmas around mental health and sexuality. She also founded Oh Queer Cupid, a speed dating and comedy night for the queer community in London. Sharan also bylines in the Guardian, Broadly and i-D - where she talks primarily about cultural and sexual identity.
Boglarka Kosztolanyi EuronewsNBC
Boglarka is a multilingual Hungarian journalist currently working as a producer on EuronewsNBC's flagship political programme, Raw Politics.
Will Njobvu Channel 5
Will Njobvu is a TV and radio presenter for ITV2 and Channel 5's Jeremy Vine. He also does voiceover work.
Nadine White HuffPost UK
Nadine White is a news reporter at HuffPost UK where she specialises in race and social affairs. As one of Britain's most prolific black news reporters, Nadine is passionate about amplifying the perspectives of disenfranchised and marginalised groups across society. Her work is impactful and has enjoyed endorsement from respected media institutions including The Economist, The Mirror and The London Press Club.
Allan Smith Sheffield Uni.
Allan is an English-Egyptian third year journalism student at the University of Sheffield. Coming from a council house in West London, Allan became aware of the disproportionate backgrounds of those in his course and within newsrooms. Through his mentoring, Allan hopes to start breaking the barriers that prevent capable individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds from reaching their potential.
Nicole Morley Reach plc
Nicole is a regional and national newspaper journalist. Previously of the Daily Express, Daily Star and Metro.co.uk, Nicole is now Digital Content Editor for ReachPLC's North East regional papers. Working in national newsrooms in the capital for years, Nicole saw firsthand how London-centric and middle class media teams tend to be. She now hopes to offer opportunities or guidance to journalists from working class backgrounds.
Annissa Warsame ECPMF
Annissa Warsame works with the Press Office of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom. She also studies History and Politics at the University of Exeter. Annissa was previously Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning student paper The Falmouth Anchor. She was also was Shine A Light’s (openDemocracy) first apprentice under its ‘Bright Young Reporter’ scheme.
Jasmine Lee-Zogbessou Freelance
Jasmine Lee-Zogbessou is currently a freelance journalist. After graduating from Sheffield University in 2017 she began her career journey working in the B2B industry, but has steered towards writing for lifestyle and cultural platforms such as Black Ballad, Boiler Room and The Independent (Voices). She is particularly passionate when writing about and discussing race, culture, gender and relationships.
Edward Lawrence BBC
Based in China, Edward is a journalist and camera operator for the BBC.
Josh Halliday The Guardian
Josh Halliday is North of England correspondent at the Guardian, where he started as a reporter in 2010. Josh is passionate about furthering media diversity and mentors at The Social Mobility Foundation alongside his work at PressPad!
Nalini Sivathasan BBC Asian Network
Nalini works as a broadcast journalist for BBC Asian Network. She previously worked as a production trainee for the Financial Times, before becoming a video producer.
Raveena Ghattaura ITV Anglia
Raveena is a reporter and presenter for ITV Anglia.
Derrick Bennett BBC Radio 5 Live
Also known as Clencha, Derrick works for BBC Radio 5 Live, but is also a motivational speaker and rap and grime artist.
Abi McIntosh PinkNews
Abi is a junior Snapchat producer at PinkNews. She also co-hosts But Make It Gay, an LGBT pop culture podcast.
Kumba Kpakima Sky News
Kumba Kpakima is a junior journalist with by-lines in VICE, Sky News and more. She began her journey as an apprentice at Sky after completing her A-Levels, working as a researcher and reporter on projects like her Line 18 Sky News documentary on London’s gang crime epidemic. As a young black journalist, Kumba is passionate about diversifying the industry and removing the stigma placed around youth culture.
Faima Bakar Metro.co.uk
Faima is a lifestyle journalist at Metro.co.uk covering health, fashion, sex, family, culture, race and anything else she can think of while travelling on the London underground. She is especially passionate about gender differences and gendered experiences of work, dating, and family life as well as telling stories about her culture in fun and informative ways.
Alex Collins BBC
Alex is journalist at the BBC World Service. He is always keen on telling stories that raise awareness of people who are often voiceless in “mainstream” society . He has travelled the world with but has recently found inspiration closer to home in the UK volunteering with UK prison radio.
Vicky Spratt The i
Vicky is the housing correspondent for The i newspaper and the author of Tenants: Stories of Britain’s Housing Shame.
Tamanna Rahman Freelance
Tamanna Rahman is a freelance producer and director. She has formerly worked at Amos Pictures, KEO Films and the BBC.
Jessica Evans Freelance
Jessica is a freelance journalist, editor and consultant. She has Previously written for Stylist, The Independent, Refinery29, Elle, Red, VICE, BBC Three, The Telegraph, The Pool and Cosmopolitan. She is also the Founder of @thefreelancesessions. Jessica is currently creating a magazine to help working class women break into journalism.
Adela Sulaiman Thomson Reuters
Adela is a British-Sudanese journalist at Thomson Reuters. She’s a mint tea-drinker, nomad and recovering lawyer. She’s previously worked for the AP and Al Jazeera and studied at SOAS and Columbia universities. She sees journalism as a vocation and wants to encourage other seekers into the fold.
More Ambassadors coming soon!