The award for Best Final Project was presented by sponsors Colewood Internet, to the students behind Off The Woodwork
Teesside University’s best and brightest student journalists have been honoured at an annual awards night recognising their achievements.
For the second consecutive year, the University gave out awards to exceptional Journalism students, with prizes including work placements with national titles such as the Daily Mail, the Mirror and Sky Sports, and popular local titles including the Evening Gazette, Northern Echo and Hartlepool Mail.
The awards ceremony, sponsored by Colewood Internet , recognised the work put in by students and included prizes for best Sport Portfolio, Blogger of the Year and best Feature Writer.
Paul Bailey, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, said: ‘These awards recognise the hard work and excellent calibre of our current journalism students.
‘I would like to thank all of the media organisations who generously contributed prizes to this celebration of our students’ achievements.’
Teesside University’s journalism graduates have secured jobs at leading media organisations, including Sky and the BBC, as well as with national and regional newspapers. A total of 75% of 2012 journalism graduates were either working in the media or in paid internships three months after graduating – more than 50% above the national average.
The University also offers a chance to work on its unique brand Tside, which includes a website, newspaper and TV show.
Third year Multimedia Journalism student Sasha James was ecstatic to win the Northern Echo award for Features Writing, following her work on the paper.
She said: ‘I’m very happy to have won this award. I was also nominated for another, but because of my work as features editor on Tside, I was rooting for this one.’
Other winners included second year student Lucy Moody, who won the Evening Gazette award for Multimedia Journalist of the Year.
Lucy, who is studying BA (Hons) Journalism, said: ‘This year at Teesside I’ve had the opportunity to work freelance at BBC Tees and I’ve really enjoyed the crossover between professional and university work.’
Third year Multimedia Journalism student Ross Peters won two awards on the night, including the Academic Prize, which means he’ll be undertaking a week-long placement at Press Gazette.
Ross said: ‘It feels really, really good – to have been given two awards is a huge honour.
‘My advice to anyone studying journalism at Teesside would be to throw yourself into it. I’ve grabbed every opportunity that I can while I’ve been here.’
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
NCTJ Prize, sponsored by NCTJ and the Daily Mail – Sam Howitt
Academic Prize, sponsored by Press Gazette – Ross Peters
Teesside University Prize – Ross Peters, Megan Fallows and Alice Hawley
Best Final Project, sponsored by Colewood Internet – Off The Woodwork (Dan Bennett, Chris Donald, Graham Corking, Alex Larkin and Rob Munro)
Scoop of the Year, sponsored by Daily Mirror – Rob Munro
Multimedia Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Evening Gazette – Lucy Moody
Blogger of the Year, sponsored by The Fleet Street Fox – Leonie Garlick for My Little Charitees and Matthew Brown for Northern Tone (tie)
News Reporter, sponsored by Hartlepool Mail – Nathan Lee and Natalie Devonshire (tie)
Features Writer, sponsored by The Northern Echo – Sasha James
Sports Reporter, sponsored by Sky Sports – Rob Munro
Lifestyle Reporter, sponsored by Fabulous Magazine – Kathryn Heward
Entertainment Reporter, sponsored by Time Out Magazine – Alex Larkin
Social Media Content Producer, sponsored by Tangerine PR – Cara Sterio