Prizes have been presented in the annual Bristol NUJ Student Journalism Awards to students at the University of the West of England, with the judge praising the high standard of the entries.
One prize is awarded in each year group for journalism students at UWE, from first-year undergraduates to MA level.
This year the judges – the executive committee members who run Bristol NUJ – said the quality of the entries is getting noticeably higher, with the layout and presentation of the entries particularly praised.
Winner in Level One (first year) was Jade Evans for her print news layout. In L2 the prize was taken by Naomi Sandercock & Rhiannon Thomas for their short film, while in L3 Boris Siromahov won for his ambitious, largely self-funded film looking at access to clean water in Uganda.
Boris’s trip to Uganda was supported by the charity International Water Security Network, which is based at UWE in Frenchay.
The MA winner was Rachel Dinning for her film and a print feature on transgender issues.
The prizes were presented to most of the winners on College Green, Bristol, after the UWE graduation event in Bristol Cathedral.
Comments from the judges:
L1: Jade Evans
Good points: “Conversational style; it’s an interview with additional information; Use of graphic; Bold overall design.”
“Exciting, unique info, very clear and excellent writing.”
“Chatty, flows well, good design.”
L2: Naomi Sandercock & Rhiannon Thomas
Good points: “Very professionally done, great use of animation, cut ins and sweet camera angles.”
“I thought this was wonderful – surprising and lively.”
L3: Boris Siromahov
Good points: “Very professional and ambitious – a fine achievement. He’s got a great future.”
“Confident, articulate, ambitious, lets the story flow out of the interviews – hard to fault.”
MA: Rachel Dinning
Good points: “A very good, pertinent and useful subject to research and report upon; Quotes from parent and from students; Good level of detail of increases, and monthly and weekly costs; Use of tables made the information clear and easy to read.”
“Good. Astute presentation of info made a compelling case without tipping over into polemic.”
“A good story, well researched.”