Rewarding outstanding achievement and career potential among young professionals in the news media industry

Early career achievements

Insights into innovation

Ability to influence

Leadership potential

About INMA's “30 Under 30” Awards

The news media industry craves the infusion of young professionals into its ranks. They represent Millennial and Generation Z voices. They rejuvenate workplace cultures. They help reimagine news brands in a complex digital environment. They represent our industry’s future.

Through its Young Professionals Initiative, the International News Media Association (INMA) aims to find 30 rising stars in news media with early career achievements, insights into innovation, ability to influence, and likely management skills across advertising, audience, business intelligence, content and product, and leadership functions at media companies.

We seek outstanding individual applicants based on merit and an “30 Under 30” class that represents the diverse markets news media serves worldwide: race, creed, colour, gender, and more.


Must be employed by a news media company

Must be under the age of 30 as of September 1, 2024

Must be a big picture thinker with an ability to shape the news media industry

Must have demonstrated expertise and accomplishments thus far in your career

Must bring soft skills that make a great leader or show talent: knowledge-hungry, team player, entrepreneurial spirit

Fees and deadlines

For the “30 Under 30” Awards, there is no application fee

Deadline to apply
Friday, June 28, 2024

How recipients are selected

Communities of interest

5 outstanding individuals will be recognised among INMA’s 6 global communities:

  • Advertising
  • Data
  • Leadership
  • Editorial Leadership
  • Product
  • Reader Revenue

Who will judge

Members of the INMA Young Professionals Initiative Committee

Members of the wider INMA Community

Apply or nominate now

2024 nominations now open

Apply online here

Candidates can apply themselves via the online aplication form. Are you over 30? No worries, you can also nominate a colleague via the same application form!

Questions? Contact us

Tom Corbett

Head of European Division
Tel.: +32 486 37 13 36

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Marni Drew

North American Coordinator
Tel.: +1 503 826-6664

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Ana Gutierrez

Directora Regional Latinoamérica
Tel.: +503 7986 7383

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Doreen Mbaya

Head of Africa Division
Tel.: +254 721 541 025

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Madhavi Sekhri

Head - South Asia Division
Tel.: +91 99716 00632

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