Two MA Multi-Media Journalism graduates have received awards from the Broadcast Journalism Training Council in competition with accredited courses across the country.
Marta Clayton and Derek English who graduated from the course last year both picked up the highly sought after BJTC prizes at a ceremony held at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication on Tuesday 24th April.
The awards were presented by veteran broadcaster Simon Bates, whose work as a presenter has included BBC Radio 1, LBC, Classic FM and Smooth Radio.
For her project on the effects of the Localism Bill on gypsies and travellers, Clayton was awarded Best Website of the Year. The project looked particularly at the evictions at Dale Farm, which she was working on before it was picked up by the national news media.
She said of the project: “for me it was all about bringing together everything I’d learned on the course – investigating a controversial subject, presenting the narrative across a range of media and engaging the target audience whilst showcasing the core skills of journalism, such as balance, impartiality and objectivity”.
Derek English also won the hotly-contested award for TV News Item, for his reporting on wind farms. His project was praised for covering “a range of the issues reflecting the concerns of the community.”
English credited his skills in making the TV piece to those who taught him as part of his MA course. He said the finished piece “was only that good because of some of the tips and knowledge I’d gained during the first couple of months of my BU journalism course. My package on Purbeck Wind Farm in many ways is the result of what I’d learnt in just a few weeks at the start of the course”.
Click here to watch the final TV package by Derek English. You can see the final package here.