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Student journalism awards receive more than 250 entries

Georgina KellyMore than 250 entries have been received for an awards ceremony which celebrate the best in student journalism across the Midlands.

Next month will see the second edition of the Midlands Media Student Awards held, after being founded last year by the Birmingham Press Club.

The awards cover topics such as online innovation, blogs, video journalism, sport, entertainment, humour and investigative journalism.

Entries have come from universities and colleges in Birmingham, Coventry, Derby, Lincoln, Nottingham, Staffordshire, Wolverhampton and Worcester.

Ed James, chairman of Birmingham Press Club, said: “The inaugural awards were very well received but this year entries have more than doubled.

“That’s an incredible response and illustrates the continuing appeal that the media industry has amongst university and college students within both the East and West Midlands.”

The ceremony will be held on 21 April at Austen Court, near the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham.

Staffordshire University is the awards’ headline sponsor.

Georgina Kelly, pictured above left, the university’s director of marketing, said: “We are delighted to be associated with the awards scheme, which not only encourages students to pursue their chosen career with dedication and determination but also acknowledges their achievements while seeking to secure a position in the media industry.”

“We pride ourselves on having an experienced journalism team who are dedicated to preparing students for the industry and these awards give students a sense of the competitive nature of the industry and how great work can be recognised.”