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City student wins prestigious journalism award

Simon Murphy, a graduate from City's MA in Newspaper Journalism, receives Hugh Cudlipp award for his articles in The Guardian.
by Ben Sawtell

nullCity University London graduate Simon Murphy, who completed the MA Newspaper Journalism course in 2012, was given the prestigious Hugh Cudlipp award for published student journalism, last night.

Simon received the award in recognition of his pieces on gambling addiction written for his MA project and which was subsequently published as in The Guardian last year. This is the third year in a row that a City student has won this award following the success of Billy Kenber in 2011 and Ben Bryant in 2012.

Hugh Cudlipp was a renowned journalist credited with popularising newspapers in the 20th Century. Under his guidance, The Daily Mirror of the 1960s set a circulation record of more than five million copies a day. He died in 1998.

The Hugh Cudlipp award, which comes with a £1000 prize, is for a UK journalism student who has produced a series of articles "in the Cudlipp tradition of exposing a wrong or investigating and depicting a social issue in a comprehensive way." The articles must have been published in a national, regional or local paper between 1 December 2011 and 30 November 2012.

On receiving his award, Simon said: 'I feel immensely honoured to win this award, as Hugh Cudlipp was a great pioneer of campaigning tabloid journalism.

'Gambling is known as The Secret Addiction, so I want to thank the former gambling addicts I interviewed for their courage. I also owe much gratitude to the gambling industry whistle-blowers who risked their livelihoods in speaking out.

'Finally, I would like to say thanks to my tutor, Ann McFerran, and course director, Jonathan Hewett, for all their help and support throughout the past year.'

Jonathan Hewett, Director of Interactive and Newspaper Journalism, said: "Simon's winning articles tackled a major issue of public concern (gambling) in the best traditions of journalism - original research and interviews, engaging writing and vivid human stories. Hugh Cudlipp would have approved."

Since graduating from City University London, Simon worked for BBC Panorama on a programme investigating the gambling industry, Gambling Nation.

In September he joined the Daily Mail's graduate trainee scheme and has been working at the Scottish Mail on Sunday and Scottish Daily Mail in Glasgow. Next week he will start in London at the Mail on Sunday.

Photo credit: Ana Escobar

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