Staffordshire University students beat lecturer to scoop top media award


MMA 2014 BROOKES-1Lewis Pacelli and Andy Taylor, two final-year students at Staffordshire University have won the Midlands Blogger of the Year Award, beating their own lecturer in the process!

Lewis, who is about to complete a BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism award, and Andy, who has been studying English, have launched Down the 18th as a company to provide audio and visual support to golfing organisations.

The duo, who have worked with the Staffordshire County Golf Partnership, describe themselves as young writers with fresh ideas trying to create – via a blog for golf fans – a unique outlook on the sport.

Highly commended in the same category was Sue Greenwood, Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the University, who helped Lewis, aged 23 and Andy (21) to set up their website.

Sue, a former deputy news editor at The Sentinel, Stoke-on-Trent, has been at Staffordshire University for more than six years, specialising in web journalism, web-tech start-ups and entrepreneurial journalism. Prior to joining the university she was North East Managing Editor of Northcliffe Newspaper Group’s web operations across North of England and Scotland.

After a glittering awards night at Villa Park, Birmingham, Sue said: “It’s fabulous to be Highly Commended but it’s even more fabulous to be Highly Commended alongside two students as winners.

“I am very proud of Lewis and Andy.”

Lewis Pacelli said: “We are stunned – mainly because we are final year students up against professionals. This started off as a simple blog and now who knows where it can go.”

Sarah Rowlands, Head of Journalism at Staffordshire said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Lewis and Andy and a massive tribute to Sue’s level of tuition.

“With this result she must be kicking herself that she taught them too well!”

The Midlands Media Awards are run by the Birmingham Press Club, the oldest press club in the world.


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