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Thirteen prizes up for grabs in awards for journalism students

Jon GodelMore than a dozen awards are up for grabs in an awards scheme open to journalism students on 50 courses.

The BJTC, the UK’s industry-backed training body for broadcast journalism, has launched its 2021 Student Journalism Awards.

The awards are open to students currently studying on one of the BJTC’s 50 accredited courses.

Prizes up for grabs include Best Virtual Newsday, Best TV News Report, Best Radio News Report, Best TV Feature, Best Radio Feature and Best TV Documentary.

Best Radio Documentary, Best Online News Site, Best Podcast, Best Social Short Video, Best TV Newsday and Best TV/Sports Journalism are the other categories on offer.

The Steve Harris Award for Excellence in Journalism, which comes with a £500 prize, will be awarded to the stand-out submission from among the 12 category winners.

BJTC chief executive Jon Godel, pictured, said: “The Best Virtual Newsday category is reflective of the flexibility and innovation taking place in universities and industry, as we all adapt to the realities of news production in a Covid-19 environment.

“Students and BJTC course leaders have made the most of the available technology, and harnessed their own creativity to ensure industry-standard newsgathering continued despite the challenges of lockdown.”

Jon added: “The BJTC Student Journalism Awards are an opportunity to showcase the very best in student multimedia journalism. It’s always a highlight of the year to see the range of high-quality entries submitted.”

Entries are open until 30 September and more information can be found here.