Meet Shubi Arun, the inaugural recipient of the LV= Media Diversity Grant
Following a selection process made up of interviews and a writing task judged by an expert panel, we’re delighted to introduce our successful candidate, Shubi, a 24-year-old sports and culture journalist from India.
Currently studying a Master’s degree in Sports Journalism, Shubi was honoured to win the Sports Journalists’ Association Academy Award in 2022, launched in partnership with Sky Sports to give students and graduates a platform to shine.
He is on the shortlist for the “Unheard Voices Award” by the Football Writers’ Association Student Writer of the year 2023.
As an Indian, cricket runs in my blood and I’m a passionate Royal Challengers Bangalore fan, for my sins.”
Shubi has quite a lot of experience under his belt, having been a producer at AL Jazeera for the FIFA World Cup and T20 Men’s Cricket World Cup, both in 2022. His work has featured in The Blizzard, a UK football quarterly and he got the chance to interview former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner for The Set Pieces.
Over the years, he’s had work published in The Independent, Football Paradise, Mint Lounge and News9 – and some of his personal work has also been published by National Geographic and VICE India.
I host and produce a weekly sports pop-culture podcast on Apple Podcasts."
Shubi has worked as a writer at Oaktree Sports based in Mumbai, writing their weekly newsletter on Indian sport and streamed live every week on their Youtube channel discussing all things cricket. He was also a producer for 22 Yarns – the first Spotify Original podcast in India – working on episodes with special guests like Dinesh Karthik, Lisa Sthalekar and Jarrod Kimber.
So, how does Shubi feel about the opportunity?
“I’m absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to cover this summer’s LV= Insurance Ashes Series from the press box. It’s an exciting time for English cricket, given the Bazball revolution, and covering the series promises to be a thrilling experience.”