Jason and Ben are in the money

Two postgraduate students are celebrating after their work was recognised by professional journalists.

MA Newspaper Journalism student Ben Watts’ end of year feature was one of four sent to Nottingham Post editor Mike Sassi. He decided Ben’s was the best and presented him with a cheque for £100.

Prize guy: Ben Watts (left) with Mike Sassi.

Prize guy: Ben Watts (left) with Mike Sassi.

Mike said: “Ben’s feature was an excellent piece of journalism. The piece, about a local women’s cricket club, was entertaining, informative and particularly relevant, in a time when women’s cricket is very much in the ascendancy.

“His story was well told, with a comprehensive and interesting selection of comments from people who are all very much involved in the club. Ben’s piece would not have looked out of place in any cricket magazine or on a website. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.”

The winner of the MA Magazine Journalism portfolio prize 2013-14 was Jason Noble.

It was judged by Tim Relf, community editor of Farmers Weekly, and presented by editor Jane King.

Jason’s pieces ranged from an interview with a rising star of the folk music scent to a hard hitting report on why staff morale in the NHS locally is so high when it actually has some of the worst results in the country on patient care – a great piece of data journalism which Jason unearthed from a deadly dull-looking set of survey results.

His live report from World Book Night was a classic example of how Twitter is increasingly being used as a reporting tool while his final piece on the new all-electric Formula E racing series gave him a chance to indulge one of his big interests – motor racing.

Tim described Jason’s collection of work as “engaging, with strong news hooks, fluently written and showed a strong journalistic approach/thought process.”

Jason now has two jobs – a trainee post with Archant Publishing, working on their magazines and website, and a regular freelance gig with Autosport, the magazine he was desperate to work for when he arrived at CBJ a year ago, so Nottingham Trent has helped him to fulfil that dream, at least.

Jane said: “He also typifies what we are increasingly seeing in the industry – people wearing two, three and even four or five different hats, whether it is news reporter, blogger, webwriter, social media reporter or another role.

“He’s working so hard, in fact, that he can’t be here today but, in the best tradition of the Oscars, Baftas, MTV Music Awards etc, we will make sure the prize of a £50 book token is sent on to him.”

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