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Journalism students to be honoured after ‘tough year’ as awards shortlist revealed

Jon GodelJournalism students are to be honoured for their work after a “tough year” due to the coronavirus crisis.

The Broadcast Journalism Training Council has announced the shortlist for its Student Journalism Awards 2020.

Twelve categories are up for grabs including Best News Report, Feature and Documentary in both TV and Radio, as well as Best Online News Site and Best Podcast.

This year also sees a special category introduced to reflect working practices around Covid-19 restrictions – Best Virtual/Online Newsday.

BJTC Chief Executive Jon Godel, pictured, said: “In what has been a tough year for students, it’s a delight to see how many have adopted new ways of working to produce the outstanding entries that have made the shortlist.

“We are immensely proud of the way lecturers and students on BJTC-accredited courses have worked tirelessly to ensure the highest professional standards are maintained despite Covid-19 restrictions, reflecting what is happening in the wider journalism industry.”

The awards ceremony will take place virtually on 10th November, hosted by BBC Birmingham.

The full shortlist is as follows:

Best TV News Report
Petrana Zemanová and Adriano Mérola Marotta – City, University of London: “Closure of Camden Nurseries”

Best Radio News Report
Stephen Collins – University of Sheffield: “Sunshine and Smiles: Challenging Preconceptions of Down syndrome”
Sophia Miller and Julie Ezvan – City, University of London: “The Barista School Tackling Unemployment”

Best TV Feature
Eimer Fitzgerald – University of Leeds: “How Smart are Smart Motorways?”
Caitlin Kelly, Katie Dennison and Victoria Hudson-Grant – City, University of London: “When Sex Games Go Wrong” Michael Saliba – University of Sheffield: “The Murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia”

Best Radio Feature
Faizah Hakim – Goldsmiths, University of London: “The Journey Home”
Phoebe McIndoe – Goldsmiths University of London: “It’s Alright”
Emily Naylor – Goldsmiths, University of London: “Nothing is Forever”

Best TV Documentary
Matthew Leon – Cardiff Metropolitan University: “Rugby Union – The Invisible Injury”
Sophia Miller and Catherine Schuster Bruce – City, University of London: “Tinnitus – Hearing Alarm Bells”
Gabrael Toner – London South Bank University: “Future Food – Feeding the World of Tomorrow”

Best Radio Documentary
Dan Moffat – University of South Wales: “10 years on, What’s Occurring on Barry Island?”
Steven Toner – Goldsmiths, University of London: “’Varenaphilia (Or How I Tried To Learn To Stop Worrying And Cut My Beard)”

Best Online News Site
Bethany Deer – London South Bank University: “Public vs Private Prisons – Real Stories from Behind Bars”
Joe Harbert – Canterbury Christchurch University: “Grassroots Football in Kent – The Challenges Facing Those at the Bottom of the Sport’s Pyramid”

Best Podcast
Emily Naylor – Goldsmiths, University of London: “Living With the Lights On”
Nikki Peach – City, University of London: “Child Marriage in the UK”

Best Social Short
Charlie Phillips – Cardiff Metropolitan University: “Cardiff Clash Rugby Promo”
Qiwei Zhang and Beatriz Bandeira – University of Westminster: “I Am Not A Virus”

Best TV Newsday
BA Multimedia Journalism Seminar Group B – Bournemouth University – January 21, 2020
MA Broadcast Journalism Students – City, University of London – “City News” – January 23, 2020

Best TV Sports Journalism
Alexandra Richards – Cardiff Metropolitan University: “2020: The Summer That Sport Stood Still”
Sébastien Zany – Solent University: “From Ping Pong to Table Tennis”

Best Virtual/Online Newsday
A Journalism & BA Broadcast Journalism Students – Leeds Trinity University: “Yorkshire Voice – The Lockdown Edition” – May 27, 2020
BA Journalism Students – University of South Wales: “Zoom Newsday 3” – May 20, 2020

Steve Harris Award
This award recognises the stand-out entry for all of the submitted entries in all of the categories and will be announced at the awards ceremony on 10th November 2020.