Frequently Asked Questions
Through our experience the past three years with the Elevate Scholarship Programme, we have gathered a list of frequently asked questions. If you have a question that is not on this list, please contact us.
- What is considered an under-represented and disadvantaged group?
We understand that diversity means something different to each individual, in each region of the world. There is no solid definition of what an under-represented and disadvantaged group is. It is up to you as the applicant to share your story and explain to the review committee barriers you have faced in your career. Some barriers other applicants have shared with us center on ethnicities, genders, ages, sexual orientations, religions, disabilities, and access to higher education.
- Are only certain regions of the world considered disadvantaged?
No. The Elevate Scholarship competition represents all regions of the world as career barriers present themselves in unique ways depending on where in the world you live and work.
- What does it mean to be part of the business of news media and why is this a requirement?
The training Elevate Scholarship recipients receive from INMA focus on five key areas of the news business - subscriptions, data, product, advertising, the business of newsrooms. If your job does not intersect often with these areas of the news business, this is probably not the scholarship programme for you. This scholarship programme does not provide general leadership training or training specific to journalism skills. It does however foster future business leaders who will affect the future of the business of journalism.
- If I am not currently involved with the business side of news media, but I aspire to, should I apply?
Yes. Make sure that your application states your career intentions clearly and that you explain in detail how you will benefit from training in the areas of subscriptions, data, product, advertising, the business of newsrooms.
- What types of positions are considered below senior management level?
The answer to this question varies greatly by company. If within your organisation’s structure, you consider yourself to be below the executive or senior level, then definitely apply. If you have doubts about if you qualify, please contact email@example.com.
- Can I apply if I do not work for a news media company, but I work for a solution provider that services the news media industry?
No. The Elevate Scholarship is specifically for professionals who work at news media companies.
- Is there an age limit on the scholarship application?
Yes. You must be under the age of 45 and have been in the news media industry for less than 15 years.
- What if I do not have a Linked In profile?
If you do not have a Linked In profile, you can instead email a copy of your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What is the scholarship review committee looking for in a qualified application?
A strong scholarship application will clearly define your current career status and goals, how you fit into the news media business, what barriers you face in your career, and how you will benefit from INMA training in the areas of subscriptions, product, data, advertising, and the business of newsrooms.
- What do scholarship recipients receive?
Scholarship recipients receive one year of INMA membership, three passes to any of INMA’s virtual master classes, and a certificate.
- When will the 2023 Elevate Scholarship application be live, so I can submit my application?
The 2023 Elevate Scholarship application will be live Friday September 1, 2023.
- When is the 2023 Elevate Scholarship submission deadline?
The deadline to submit your application for the 2023 Elevate Scholarship is Friday October 6, 2023.
- When will the 2023 Elevate Scholarship winners be announced?
The 2023 Elevate Scholarship winners will be announced Thursday December 7, 2023. If you are a winner, you will receive an email from INMA on this day.