Standards rising in annual Bristol NUJ student awards

Left-right: Katherine Williams; Rachel Dinning; Alicia Brooks; (Photo © Simon Chapman 2017)

Left-right: Katherine Williams; Rachel Dinning; Alicia Brooks; (Photo © Simon Chapman 2017)

A HEALTHY crop of entrants for the annual journalism awards for students at the University of the West of England saw standards rising once again, particularly for the new media entries.

Highlights for the judges included the bold and purposeful website constructed by third year student Alicia Brooks on contraception. Titled Contra, it took an all-round look at contraception and sexual health, with lots of information presented in a very readable manner. The amount of information was huge, but never felt overwhelming.

https://twitter.com/C_O_N_T_R_A_

Also highly praised, at MA level, was Rachel Dinning’s website, Taboo Bodies, seeking to demystify and explore taboos around women’s body issues in different societies.

Winner of the first year layout entries was Holly Clemens, while the second year prize went to Katherine Williams and Georgia Gillespie for their radio package on why South Bristol has such a poor record for sending young people to university.

The prizes are awarded by NUJ Bristol branch to encourage journalism students at UWE to produce not just coursework, but content which is investigative and is likely to reach out to the general reader.

Each year a £50 prize is awarded to each of the the three undergraduate years and at MA level.

Left-right: Georgia Gillespie, Paul Breeden chair of Bristol NUJ, Holly Clemens; (Photo © Simon Chapman 2017)

Left-right: Georgia Gillespie, Paul Breeden chair of Bristol NUJ, Holly Clemens; (Photo © Simon Chapman 2017)

Centre left - centre right: Katherine Williams; Rachel Dinning; Alicia Brooks, with UWE journalism staff; (Photo © Simon Chapman 2017)

Centre left – centre right: Katherine Williams; Rachel Dinning; Alicia Brooks, with UWE journalism staff; (Photo © Simon Chapman 2017)

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