Industry recognition for top performing students
Top performing students have received recognition from influential figures in the media industry.
BA Print’s Sam Wildman and Katie Lloyd won the Mansfield Chad Best Feature Award and the Nottingham Post’s Best News Portfolio Award respectively.
Mansfield Chad editor Phil Bramley was full of praise for Sam’s feature.
He said: “For those who’ve never tried it, writing a feature piece must seem one of journalism’s armchair rides: all that time and space to research and write, no crunching down complex facts into two par gaps.
“In fact, it is one of the most demanding assignments, requiring both disciplined control of material and a writing style that engages and holds the reader.
“Sam demonstrated these attributes in abundance in his submission – the unlikely tale of how table tennis saved a young man’s life and helped him escape the gun and gang crime culture surrounding him.
“Using this as his starting point, Sam skilfully teased out deeper threads in the tale, exposing issues such as the power of sport to change lives, the legacy of the London Olympics and the crime culture that still pervades many inner city communities.
“Not bad for 2,500 words on a ping-pong player…”
Nottingham Post editor Mike Sassi said Katie’s first portfolio piece was a good, topical human story which painted a detailed and evocative picture of the problems faced by ordinary people when their homes were cut off by flood water. Her feature was sensitively written and sustained reader interest right through to the final paragraphs.
He added: “Katie also wrote two interesting and well-chosen news stories that would not look out of place in most local newspapers. She obviously worked at talking to all the people involved at the sharp end of the stories and was therefore able to convey an accurate sense of what was happening – and of what those involved really thought.
“Her final piece was a neat, tidy and comprehensive report of a court case. Her piece was professionally produced, with quotes that were both relevant and appropriate.”
Five BA Broadcast students also won awards. 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, said Joe’s report about a three-year-old girl with autism was “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.
Rosie’s feature gives a powerful voice to women who have been victims. She found great examples to illustrate this issue, the true consequences of which are hidden from many people and she has used them well – Mike Bettison
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: “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 television station Notts TV, which broadcasts daily news from 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 Jamie Brindle, the channel director of Notts TV, said Andrew had produced amazing case studies and pictures alongside an incredible logistical task.
He added: “This was a real story, guiding the viewer through part of life they’ve probably never encountered.”
Andrew, who travelled across Kenya to film his documentary, plans to return to the country to work after completing an MA in Broadcast Journalism at CBJ.
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.
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 the award.
He added: “This feature gives a powerful voice to women who have been victims. Rosie has found great examples to illustrate this issue, the true consequences of which are hidden from many people and she has used them well.”
Meanwhile, Laura Hough won the Soroptimist International Nottingham Student Award for Journalism. Its aim is to raise students’ awareness of women’s issues in the media. Laura’s project was about female genital mutilation.