Prizes for winning students in Bristol NUJ journalism scheme

From left: Myra Evans, UWE Faculty Academic Director for Inclusive and Practice-Oriented Curriculum, L3 winner Bethany Scofield, L2 winner Lily Barrett, and Paul Breeden, chair of Bristol NUJ

From left: Myra Evans, UWE Faculty Academic Director for Inclusive and Practice-Oriented Curriculum, L3 winner Bethany Scofield, L2 winner Lily Barrett, and Paul Breeden, chair of Bristol NUJ

WINNERS of the 2019 Bristol NUJ student journalism prizes were given their awards today.

Students from every year of the journalism courses at the University of the West of England (UWE) are rewarded annually by the Bristol Branch of the NUJ, with a £50 prize in each year for the best features, layouts, news stories, broadcasts or websites.

Just like journalism in the outside world, the students’ work is increasingly spread across different media platforms. The judges this year commented on the adventurous use of graphics, and many of the entries combined writing, layout, audio and video.

The joint highest score overall was Bethany Scholfield of L3 (the third year course), whose film Living With Dementia was judged to be both sensitive and positive and in addition to being well-cut, allowing the subjects to tell their own story.

At L1, Alexander Crowther won for his passionate article about an individual trying to improve children’s lives through sport.

Lily Barrett and Chloe Mobbs shared the prize for L2 with their well-balanced piece about the impact of a library closure on a Bristol community.

The MA prize was won by May Morton with her film about an innovative Community Fridge scheme to tackle food poverty. She used appealing, upbeat narration and assembled  crisp quotes from her interviewees to present a snappy, convincing film that was the joint highest scorer with Bethany Scofield.

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