Joe Casey won the award for his work in the undercover investigation into abuse in a Bristol care home for a BBC Panorama programme.
Alongside the title, Casey was also awarded a bursary from the John Schofield Trust, designed to help talented young journalists.
Associate Dean, Karen Fowler-Watt, who attended the event as a judge in one of the news categories, spoke to Joe after he had received his award and he said that was very happy to say that “it had all started with the BAMMJ course at Bournemouth and investigative journalism is what I have always wanted to do”.
Casey will also now have the benefit of a mentor, and support from the John Schofield Trust which was set up in memory of a young BBC Radio producer who lost his life in Croatia in 1995.
John’s widow, Susannah presented the award which was set up in 2006 to recognise and aid the development of the potential of top young journalists.
Casey joins an illustrious group of past winners, including BBC Europe Correspondent Matthew Price, Channel 4′s Faisal Islam and Cary Johnstone of Russia Today.