Saturday 31 October, 2020

Loop Regional Lifestyle Editor selected for prestigious scholarship

 Laura Dowrich-Phillips

Laura Dowrich-Phillips

Loop is celebrating another major coup after Regional Lifestyle Editor, Laura Dowrich-Phillips beat off stiff competition to win a prestigious culture journalism scholarship.

Laura will join 15 journalists from around the world this month to participate in the seventh edition of the Gabo Scholarship for Cultural Journalism, which will be held in Cartagena, Colombia, thanks to the Gabo Foundation and the Colombian Ministry of Culture.

One of the region's most experienced and well-known culture writers, Laura has almost 25 years' experience in the media business and has established herself as a thought leader in Caribbean affairs.

She will be joined by journalists from some of the world's most famous publications, including the New York Times and Rolling Stone, to explore the various forms of cultural journalism in greater depth and how they are crafted on a daily basis.

The prestigious 2019 Gabo Fellowship will take place during the 11th Caribbean Cultural Market in Cartagena, and is a platform to discuss the cultural industry of the Colombian Caribbean, the economic role of culture in a city as diverse as Cartagena, and the diverse emerging groups that earn their livelihoods with dance and traditional Caribbean Colombian music.

After finding out she had been selected as one of the final 15 Fellows, Laura beamed: "I am excited for this opportunity to deepen and strengthen my skills in cultural journalism and to learn from the best in the world. I am also excited to continue to position Loop as the regional leader when it comes to the coverage of culture, arts and entertainment in the Caribbean and the diaspora."

Loop Global Head of Content Strategy, Alana Fearon said:

"Laura is one of the Caribbean's most experienced and well-known Culture and Lifestyle writers and this Fellowship is a fantastic opportunity for her to further hone her craft and explore the many ways in which cultural journalism is approached and crafted around the world.

"Loop is the Caribbean leader in digital publishing and thanks to Laura and the teams across our six markets, the depth of our culture and lifestyle coverage is truly unrivaled. Opportunities like this one serve to enhance our already uniquely talented teams and further establish Loop as a regional cultural journalism powerhouse."

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