City dominates in Student Media Awards shortlist
Students from the School of Arts and Social Sciences have been nominated in four of the nine categories at this year's prestigious Guardian Student Media Awards, beating thousands of other entries across the country in the process.
Recognised as one of the great accolades for budding writers and photographers in the industry, the awards - which are now in their 35th year - aim to discover and celebrate talent and help them further their careers.
The shortlisted City students are Ralph Jones for Student Feature Writer of the Year; Siraj Datoo in the Student Digital Journalist category; Anna Pantelia for Student Photographer of the Year and Anastastia Pastor Kubrak, Student Broadcast Journalist of the Year.
Previous winners have gone on to highly successful careers in the media, including Andrew Rawnsley, associate politics editor at The Observer, Patrick Kingsley, Egypt correspondent at The Guardian and Rachel Newsome, editor of Dazed and Confused.
Anastasia Pastor Kubrak, who is studying for a masters in TV, was joint nominated with Sam Holder and Tashi Skervin for their documentary 'Joint Enterprise: Almost Guilty'.
This was the first full feature to explore joint enterprise murder in the UK.
"I had an absolutely fantastic time working on the documentary", she said, "I have never enjoyed anything more than that. It has been thrilling to work with untold personal stories, looking for truth."
Fellow nominee Anna Pantelia is also doing an MA but in International Communication and Development.
Commenting on the surprise of being nominated, she said: "the nomination came completely out of the blue, but it's great to be recognised for my work. Some of my work deals with hard hitting issues which can be easily overlooked in mainstream media. I feel privileged to have made the shortlist alongside so many talented peers."
Winners will be rewarded with two weeks work experience at The Guardian whilst runners up are given one week. This year the Awards will also offer additional prizes of an iPad Air and tickets to a Guardian Journalism Masterclass. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on the 27th of November.