The Midlands Media Student Awards, scheduled to take place in March as part of the Birmingham Press Club’s 150th anniversary celebrations, aim to recognise the talent of the next-generation of journalists, photographers and broadcasters across the region.
Senior editors have endorsed the project by offering work placements to winners of the scheme’s twelve categories.
Marc Reeves, editor-in-chief of Trinity Mirror’s titles in the Midlands, including the Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, Coventry Telegraph and Sunday Mercury, is to provide a six-week internship to the overall winner of the Club’s Student Journalist of the Year accolade, during which time the company will also pay a basic wage and work related expenses.
Similar placements will also be offered by Midlands radio stations and magazines under the scheme.
Derby Telegraph editor Neil White, pictured left, said: “I have always been grateful for the chance that I was given in our industry by the Birmingham Post & Mail back in 1984.
“If I can provide a similar opportunity to a young journalist, I would be delighted to do so.”
Press Club chairman Ed James said: “For well over a decade, the Midlands Media Awards has been an important part of the Club’s calendar, acknowledging the achievements of top journalists, broadcasters and photographers.
“Now we are pleased to be able to highlight the exciting blend of new talent that is emerging from journalism and media courses – talent that augurs well for the future of regional journalism.”
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