Alumni recognised at television awards
Two Newspaper Journalism alumni have been recognised at the 2016 Royal Television Society (RTS) Television Journalism Awards. Alan White (Newspaper Journalism, 2005) won the Best Scoop Award for his work with Chris Cross from BBC Newsnight on the closure of children’s charity Kid’s Company. Alan is now a Senior Reporter for BuzzFeed News. Mike Smith, who now works at Channel 4 News was also shortlisted for the Young Talent Award.
Director of the MA in Newspaper Journalism, Jonathan Hewett said:
It’s fitting to know that the high-quality journalism by our alumni is being recognised by these awards. Alan White’s investigation into Kids Company, with Chris Cross of BBC Newsnight, was one of the biggest stories of 2015. It raised important questions about public funding and the management of charities, and prompted a series of inquiries by MPs and others.
“Mike Smith, too, has made his mark by producing first-rate journalism in the public interest, from the Guardian and Newsnight, to Channel 4 News. He has made the shortlist for the RTS Award just a few years after finishing the Newspaper Journalism programme at City.”
The RTS Television Awards reward creative and excellent journalism in the UK. The ceremony, held at London’s Hilton Park Lane, was hosted by Presenter of 5 News Tonight, Matt Barbet.