The project really gave me a taste for the kind of work that I want to be involved in.
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Danielle Couchman graduated in 2008 with a first class honours in Broadcast Journalism. Her final year documentary project – which examines the poor standards of academic achievement among children from travelling communities – earned her the title of 'Student Television Broadcaster of the Year' at the Guardian Student Media Awards as well as a six-week placement with Sky News.
Now working as a newsreader and reporter for Arrow FM in Hastings, Danielle is looking forward to a bright future with ambitions to pursue her talent for television broadcasting. The documentary that earned her the award is a fact-filled and intimate look at the reasons behind desperately poor academic achievement among children in travelling communities. Months of hard work were spent in earning the trust and acceptance of travellers in Nottingham before eventually coming to learn and report on the values, beliefs and attitudes that restrict their children’s ability to learn.
Judges for the awards, including Dermot Murnaghan and Kirsty Young, were impressed with Danielle’s "ability to persuade a community suspicious of the media to open up in order to report an untold story."
Danielle said: "The project really gave me a taste for the kind of work that I want to be involved in. I loved making the documentary, I’m really proud of it and I’m really proud that it’s earned me this award as well."
Head of the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism, Carole Fleming, is delighted that Danielle’s work and ability has been recognised by others from the industry. Carole said: "It was obvious while Danielle was with us that she possessed a real talent and passion for her work. It was a pleasure to have had her study here, and we’re all looking forward to watching her career go from strength to strength."