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City University London creates new award to recognise innovation in journalism

The call for nominations is now open for the first XCity Awards.
by Hollie Jenkins

A new £500 prize for journalistic excellence and innovation has been launched by the Department of Journalism at City University London.

The XCity Award will be awarded to a graduate of City University London, who in the past year has made an outstanding contribution to journalism in terms of making a difference in the way news and features are written or presented.

The prize is expected to showcase the diversity, quality and inventiveness of former City journalism students.

Professor George Brock, Head of Journalism at City University London said:

"The Department of Journalism at City University London is proud to send many of our graduates into top media jobs. We want to underline this with this new award and to shine a light on special contributions which our alumni make to the newsrooms they work in or to innovation in journalism."

Professor George Brock, Head of Journalism, City University London

Nominations for the award are now open and can be made online. Nominations can be made for innovation in the way news is delivered, such hyperlocal sites or apps; a new take on multimedia; the introduction of a ground breaking broadcast or publication; or a series of articles or programmes using traditional journalism skills that bring about change, or stop people in their tracks.

The award will be formally launched in the 25th anniversary edition of XCity, the annual magazine written and produced by Magazine MA Journalism students for the Department of Journalism and alumni.

The winner of the XCity Award and the £500 prize, funded by the University's Alumni Relations Office, will be selected by a panel of judges from a shortlist of nominated individuals.

Further information about the award
The nomination shortlist will be published on the XCity online site as well as on the City Journalism Twitter account and the City Alumni blog.

The winner will be announced on 21 March 2011 on the XCity online website and a full profile of the winner will appear in the 25th edition of XCity published on 11 April 2011.

The qualification period is work carried out, published or broadcast in the 12 months up to 31 January 2011.

The judging panel will be made up of Professor George Brock (Head of Journalism, City University London) and Paulo Gomes (Head of Alumni Relations, City University London) as well as XCity publisher (Senior Lecturer, Jason Bennetto) and XCity Editor (Emma Dibdin).

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