Top performing journalism students receive industry recognition

Top performing students on Nottingham Trent University's Broadcast Journalism course have received recognition from some of the most influential figures in the media industry.

Top performing students on Nottingham Trent University's Broadcast Journalism course have received recognition from some of the most influential figures in the media industry.

Four graduates from the University's Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism (CBJ) were chosen by professionals from radio and television to receive awards for their final-year work.

Joe Green was voted Best TV Reporter by the head of ITV's factual programming, Mike Blair. Mike, who is executive director of Shiver Productions and former head of news at ITV Central, described Joe's report about a three-year-old girl with autism as, "as good as any he had seen on regional news".

Joe, who gave up his job as a plumber's apprentice to go back to school to pursue an academic career, graduated with a first-class honours degree and also received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for his dedication to his studies and his commitment to helping other students on his course.

He said: "I never thought I would be good enough to get into university let alone anything else so this is just a dream come true. The course has given me so much confidence to go out and achieve everything I really want from life."

Dan Skipp was awarded Best Radio Reporter for his coverage of recent teachers' strikes by Stuart Bailey, who is deputy group editor for Orion Media, the umbrella company for Nottingham's GEM 106.

Stuart, himself a Nottingham Trent University broadcast journalism alumnus, said of Dan's report: "Dan has demonstrated good use of audio with attention-grabbing protest actuality at the start and strong clips throughout."

Dan, who also graduated with a first, is now working as a TV reporter with newly launched local television station Notts TV, which broadcasts daily news from the CBJ.

Andrew Cowper won the award for Best TV Documentary for his film about albino children in Kenya. The film tells the harrowing tale of children persecuted for the lack of pigmentation in their skin.

Award judge, Notts TV channel director Jamie Brindle, said: "Amazing case studies and pictures alongside an incredible logistical task. A real story, guiding the viewer through part of life they've probably never encountered."

Andrew, who travelled across Kenya to film his documentary, now plans to return to the country to work after completing an MA in Broadcast Journalism at Nottingham Trent University.

Rosie Benton also graduated with a first-class honours degree and won the award for Best Radio Feature for her documentary about victims of honour violence.

Judge Mike Bettison, editor of BBC Radio Nottingham, described it as: "A thought-provoking, emotionally engaging and important piece of radio and a worthy winner of this award."

He added: "This feature gives a powerful voice to women who have been victims. Rosie has found great examples to illustrate an issue the true consequences of which are hidden from many people and she has used them well."

All four judges are part of the CBJ consortium of industry professionals who provide guidance and support for Nottingham Trent University's two accredited undergraduate journalism degree programmes and three MA courses in journalism.

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Top performing journalism students receive industry recognition

Published on 1 August 2014
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