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Times journalist Kaya Burgess wins XCity award for journalism

City journalism graduate recognised for his safe cycling campaign.
by Ben Sawtell

Kaya-BurgessTimes journalist Kaya Burgess has won this year's XCity Award for journalism.

Kaya, who completed a post graduate diploma in Newspaper Journalism at City in 2008, receives his award in recognition of his work spearheading The Times 'Cities Fit for Cycling' campaign alongside transport correspondent, Philip Pank, and fellow City graduate James Harding, then-editor at the paper.

The XCity Award was established in 2011 to mark the 25th anniversary of XCity magazine and carries with it a £500 prize. It is 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.

Professor George Brock, Head of City's Department of Journalism, said:

"Kaya has been selected for the way in which he mobilised new and old media in support of a very powerful cause which grew out of a tragedy."

Kaya was joined on the award shortlist by five other City journalism graduates:

  • Nine months ago Anna Cavell moved to South Sudan where she has been reporting for the BBC World Service and Al Jazeera English.
  • Tom Lamont, has been instrumental in the success of the Observer's new culture section as a lead features writer.
  • Jessica Omari, was nominated for her coverage of the refugee camps in Syria. Her expertise means Jessica has been approached by charities and other journalists on how to cover these stories.
  • Fay Schlesinger was nominated for her eight-month investigation with colleague Alex Mostrous which exposed the tax-dodging techniques of high-profile figures such as comedian Jimmy Carr and pop-group Take That.
  • Investigative Journalism MA graduate Emma Slater's report into the key role criminals turned witnesses 'The Return of the Supergrass' was broadcast by the BBC's long-running current affairs programme, Panorama.

The judging panel this year included: Professor George Brock, Head of City's Journalism Department; XCity Publisher Jason Bennetto; XCity editor Ellie Austin; Spencer Ball, Head of Marketing, and Sue Rees, Head of Alumni Relations.

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