Staffordshire University journalists win big at Midlands Media Student Awards 2016

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Staffordshire University journalists have swept the board at the Midlands Media Student Awards.

Students past and present from the BA (Hons) Journalism degree course won more awards than any other university entered in this year’s contest.

StaffsLive reporters won four categories – Investigation, Humour, Activist Journalism, Scoop.

Undergraduates Rob Smith won Investigation and Natasha Hardy won Scoop.

And 2015 graduates Becci Heyes won Humour and Antoine Omisore won in the Activist category.

A total of 11 students from Staffordshire were shortlisted in the awards, which attracted more than 150 entries from 13 different institutions.

Robert Smith, 21, from Shropshire, said: “I didn’t expect to win – it was massively surprising but a huge honour.”

Head of Journalism Pete Leydon, course leader for BA (Hons) Journalism, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement, and thoroughly deserved.

“Our students are taught and guided by fantastic tutors, and their experience working on StaffsLive prepares them like no where else to tackle all manner of real-world stories.

“We’re very proud of them all!”

Journalism student Tom Burnett, 27, from Leek, was highly commended for his work in three categories.

He said: “I think it is fantastic to have been recognised in these awards.

“Staffordshire University offers one of the best journalism courses in the country myself and two fellow nominees, Emma James and Natasha Hardy, have all got our jobs based on the skills and experiences we have gained here.

“It is brilliant to be nominated, and I hope it encourages other students to push themselves and put themselves up for the awards next year.”

The awards ceremony took place in Birmingham.

 

Staffordshire University Winners

INVESTIGATION – Robert Smith

HUMOUR – Becci Heyes

ACTIVIST JOURNALISM – Antoine Omisore

SCOOP – Natasha Hardy

Highly Commended

SPORT – Tom Burnett

PUBLIC AFFAIRS – Philip Cullinane and Tom Burnett

HUMOUR – Tom Burnett

ACTIVIST JOURNALISM – Laura O’Callaghan

INVESTIGATION – Natasha Hardy

SCOOP – Emma James

DATA JOURNALISM – Laura O’Callaghan

SPORTS JOURNALISM – Michael McCann

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