Tom Bennett, a second-year Media School student, has been shortlisted for the student website of the year category.
His website, The Youth Radar, covers youth football taking place all across the world.
The announcement took Tom completely by surprise.
“I completely forgot I entered. Then, in early September, I got a phone call from The Guardian telling me I had been nominated. I was pretty shocked.”
The website was launched in 2010, originally as something to add to his UCAS personal statement, but has since become a platform to launch Tom into the world of sports journalism.
“I’ve put so much effort into the website. It feels like two years of hard work is paying off and the site is finally being recognised.”
Tom also works as a video reporter for AFC Bournemouth and contributes to The Bournemouth Rock. The Media School student feels he’s still capable of handling all of these responsibilities alongside his course.
“Even when it gets tough, I just think of the end goal and think that one day I’m going to look back and think that all the hard work and effort has paid off.
“I never expected this level of success but I’m a strong believer that whatever I want to do – with a lot of hard work – I can.”
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 7 November.