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Justin Webb at the Today programme Student Journalism Awards 2019
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Industry awards for City’s journalism graduates

Latest crop of City MA graduates clean up during awards season

by Kieran Salmon

Recent graduates from City, University of London’s Department of Journalism have been recognised at multiple prestigious awards ceremonies for their work.

BBC Today programme Student Journalism Awards

MA Television Journalism graduate Georgia Stewardson won the Today programme’s Student Broadcaster of the Year 2019 award.

Presented at the BBC’s Radio Theatre, the category’s winners were selected by Today Presenter Mishal Husain and author-columnist Matthew Parris.

Sarah Sands, editor of Today and chair of the judges, said:

“The future of the Today programme depends on the intelligence, curiosity and integrity that we are discovering in our universities. We are so cheered by the standard of entries for the Today programme student media awards”.

At the same awards ceremony, City News’s radio programme was runner-up for Student Programme of the Year 2019.

Today programme Student Broadcaster of the Year 2019 Georgia Stewardson,
pictured with Today presenters Justin Webb and Mishal Husain

Broadcast Journalism Training Council Awards

The Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) Student Journalism Awards 2019 were held on the 12th November 2019 to highlight outstanding work in TV, radio, online, podcast and social short categories.

MA Broadcast Journalism graduates Laura Hendry and Georgina Turner won the Best TV Feature award for ’State of Limbo’, a short documentary on detentions and deportations by the Home Office.

Fellow MA Broadcast Journalism graduates Jannine Battis and Yasmin Mannan picked up Best TV Documentary for ’More to Life’, covering the emigration of Britain’s young people to mainland Africa.

At the same event, City News, the news programme produced by MA Broadcast Journalism students at City as part of their course, was runner-up for Best TV Newsday.

Bupa Mind Media Awards

Two more MA Broadcast Journalism graduates, Rosie Dowsing and Anna Tetlow, won the Student Journalism Award at the Bupa Mind Media Awards. The annual awards recognise and celebrate the best possible representations of mental health across TV, radio, print and online.

Rosie and Anna won for a report they produced for their final project at City. ‘Fathers on the Edge: Are new dads being failed?’ covers the issue of postnatal depression in new fathers and the structural failures being faced by men becoming parents for the first time.

Joshua Zitser (who also graduated in MA Broadcast Journalism this year) was shortlisted in the same category for ‘Handed Down’, a podcast covering the phenomena of transgenerational trauma in his family and beyond.

Department senior staff respond

Sally Webb, Director of Broadcasting at City and Head of the MA Broadcast Journalism and MA Television Journalism courses, said:

"We are incredibly proud of the students who won, and who were nominated, for awards this year. It is testament to their hard work, dedication and talent.

“It is very rewarding to have the industry recognise that our two broadcast courses are producing young journalists who can work to an exceptionally high standard.”


Watch the award-winning work of our student journalists at the links above, and follow @cityjournalism for updates on current affairs and their ever-developing programme. If you’re considering studying for a master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism or Television Journalism, please visit the course pages.

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