Derek was passionate in his encouragement of journalists, especially those from less advantaged backgrounds. This award recognises Derek, not only as an eminent journalist and advocate of human rights but also as a friend of Wolfson College. The first award will be made for a journalist to study in 2021.
“Derek Ingram was a noted British journalist widely regarded as the best writer on issues related to the Commonwealth. He was the co-founder of the Commonwealth Journalists Association, CJA, and served as its President from 1980 to 1990. He was passionate about promoting media freedom in Commonwealth countries and mentoring journalists from member states. Among the many institutions with which he was associated during his long and distinguished career is Wolfson College, Cambridge. It therefore gives us particular pleasure that his legacy is being used to set up a bursary in his name to help journalists in Commonwealth countries under the Press Fellowships programme at Wolfson College.
We hope the bursary will help talented journalists with limited means to spend time at Wolfson College and benefit from the opportunity to learn about developments in the media, advances in digital technologies and issues of freedom of expression more generally within the UK and to pass on what they have learned to other journalists in their home countries.”
Rita Payne Chair, CJA-UK President Emeritus Commonwealth Journalists Association
Image: Derek Ingram in 1968 as Editor of the Gemini News Service, the agency he founded to support journalism across the Commonwealth.