31 July 2014

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New student prize launched

A new student prize in journalism has been launched at Liverpool John Moore’s University.

The Fairclough Prize has been established by JMU benefactor Lynette Beardwood, in memory of her family.

Lynette has already contributed significantly to the student hardship fund and has now established the £1,000 Fairclough Prize for journalism students at the school of Media, Critical and Creative Arts in recognition of the unrealised talent of her mother’s family.

The prize has been established particularly in memory of her aunt Margaret who desperately wanted to be a journalist and was offered a place at the Liverpool Technical College.

The harsh reality of being the eldest child in a poor family put paid to her ambitions, so instead of taking up her place she went to work at the age of 14.

Lynette said: “The £1,000 prize is in recognition of what Margaret may have achieved if she had been given the chance to fulfil her dream of becoming a journalist.

“I think we all need to recognise that able people are still being denied educational opportunities for financial reasons, I am delighted to be able to help talented students fulfil their potential.”

The prize is open to all second and third year undergraduate journalism students and will be awarded to the student who produces the best feature article on a topic or issue which reflects an aspect of local history, social, political or economic.

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