Monday, 07 March 2011
Two Journalism students from the University of Worcester have been nominated for prestigious awards.
Matt Rumble, a third-year, and Jenny Taylor, a second-year, have been shortlisted in the Student Journalist of the Year category in the annual Midlands Media Awards.
The ceremony is being held at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham, on March 10. Students from across the whole of the Midlands were given the opportunity to enter the competition, which is judged by a panel of news editors from the region. And last week both received the news that they had been placed on a shortlist for the award, along with six other students from other universities.
Matt said: “I was surprised to hear I had been shortlisted but I am very pleased because even if I don’t win it will be great to add to my CV.
“Initially I was not going to enter as I was unsure whether it was worth doing but I spoke to my tutor who felt I should definitely apply and she was proved to be right.”
Jenny is equally pleased to have been nominated for the award. She said: “'I am delighted to have been selected for the award. It is very encouraging for students when one is recognised by the Birmingham Press Agency. I am looking forward to the event and wish all student nominees good luck on this first step of a very prestigious ladder.”
Jenny recently met Jane Sullivan, editor of Worcestershire Life and Warwickshire Life, when she was guest lecturer on a magazine production module at the University. Jane, who has also been shortlisted at the Midlands Media Awards in the Magazine of the Year category, said she was delighted the students would be joining her at the awards ceremony.
To be considered for the award, run by the Birmingham Press Club, the students were required to submit five pieces of journalism produced in the last year. All of the work submitted had been used in a wide range of modules the pair studied at the University.
Claire Wolfe, Subject Leader in Journalism, said: “We are absolutely delighted that two of our talented students are among the eight shortlisted candidates.
“Matt has steadily developed his skills during his time here and has produced some great sports writing and magazine work. Jenny is another promising student and submits some lovely pieces.”
She added: “We feel sure that both of them will do well.”