City graduate grabs Hugh Cudlipp award
City University London is pleased to announce that graduate Billy Kenber, who completed City's unique MA in Investigative Journalism course in 2010, was awarded the prestigious Hugh Cudlipp award for published student journalism on Monday 31 January 2011.
Billy received the award in recognition of his 5,000 word piece on the mistreatment of failed asylum seekers originally written for his MA project and which was subsequently published as a special investigation in The Independent in July 2010.
Billy, who is now a graduate trainee working at The Times, says that he was thrilled to receive the award, which includes a £1,000 cash prize.
"It is a huge privilege to win this award. Hugh Cudlipp was a fantastic journalist and a great champion for public interest journalism."
Billy Kenber, MA in Investigative Journalism graduate, City University London
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.
Awarded by the Hugh Cudlipp Trust, the £1000 award is given to a journalism student or recent graduate whose article or series of articles focus on an issue of public interest or concern which-in the Cudlipp tradition-exemplifies lucid and graphic communication.
Billy was selected from a pool of recent journalism graduates from across the UK to receive the award.
"I'm incredibly proud of Billy receiving this award. He was a hard-working student and is dedicated to a future career in investigative journalism. The award, which is judged by some of the most prestigious journalists in the UK, provides recognition of his talent and future potential, as well as demonstrating the high calibre of students who complete the MA in Investigative Journalism at City.
"This award is also a tribute to my colleague Melanie McFadyean who supervised Billy's MA project. She too is very proud."
Rosie Waterhouse, Programme Director, MA in Investigative Journalism, City University London
You can view Billy talking about receiving the award in the YouTube below or read his investigative piece published by The Independent here.