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City journalism alumni scoop awards

Five City University London journalism graduates are celebrating after winning high-profile awards recently.
by Luke Nava

nullOne of the winners is Nick Johnstone, who picked up two prizes at the Periodical Training Council (PTC) New Talent Awards in February. The awards recognise the brightest and best new stars in the magazine and business media industry. Nick, who completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism in 2009, received the New Business Features Journalist of the Year award and the Grand Prix prize.

Judges presented him with the awards in recognition of his reporting for Property Week, with recent articles including an exposé on the financial situation of the developers of Battersea Power Station, an interactive map of public land the Government is planning to sell and an in-depth piece on booming investment opportunities in Aberdeen.

Nick said: "It was a real surprise to receive the Grand Prix prize as well as the features award. I wasn't expecting it at all, particularly given the calibre of other award winners."

Magazine Journalism graduate Zoe Smeaton (2006/7), now a reporter at Chemist+Druggist, won the PTC award for "new section editor of the year".

Recent graduate Rakesh Ramchurn, who completed his Magazine Journalism MA last year, received the PTC award for the "most promising student of the year (postgraduate)". Five out of the other six nominees for this award were also City students.

The awards follow several other high-profile prizes for City graduates this year.

In January Ben Bryant (Newspaper Journalism MA, 2010/11), received the Hugh Cudlipp Award for published student journalism, based on two articles on gang culture that he wrote for the London Evening Standard. He is the third City student in the last four years to receive the prize.

2006 Magazine Journalism graduate Gareth Iacobucci received an Investigative reporting/scoop Award at the Medical Journalists' Association Winter Awards 2012 for his report, Three in four EU doctors get no GP quality tests, published in Pulse.

Nick Johnstone said he is not surprised so many City graduates have received awards recently. "I owe a lot to City in terms of launching my journalism career - it really gave me the confidence and expertise in networking I needed to get ahead," he said. "Property Week continues to employ a lot of City graduates. We recognise that City's journalism courses are the gold standard in the industry."

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