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School of Media students win big at Midlands Media Awards

Midlands Media Student Awards 2019

Students from the School of Media walked away with three trophies at the Midland Media Student Awards, held in Birmingham earlier this week.

The first award went to MA Data Journalism graduate Victoria Oliveres who won the Data Journalism category, for revealing that online disability hate crimes had tripled in three years. She used FIO details from 26 police forces to produce a well-researched and comprehensive piece that displayed a new angle to the on-going issue of hate crime – with social media companies in the spotlight for their failure to monitor and block unacceptable content.

The second accolade went to Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra, who was awarded the News category trophy. Judges noted that Wan’s work stood out for its powerful mixture of investigative and data journalism on topical public interest issues. They added that there was good analysis and strong human-interest angles and it was well-crafted in an accessible writing style.

Lucy Ryan won the Broadcasting (Radio) category and the final award for the School for her epic series “The Lonely Death of Janet Parker,” detailing the world’s last recorded smallpox fatality, which occurred in Birmingham in 1978. The judges said it was thoroughly researched, well edited, with proportionate use of both first-hand accounts and expert analysis, and turned a tragic series of events turned into a compelling listen.

Birmingham City University students Hafsa Naveed (Broadcasting, Television), Anisah Vasta & Abigail Nruah (Culture), Lydia Johnson (Culture) and Sania Aziz & Calum Archibald (Data Journalism), were all also highly commended for their work.

The awards were organised by Birmingham Press Club to acknowledge the achievements of next-generation journalists, broadcasters and photographers, and attracted several hundred entries from universities and colleges from the East and West Midlands. The event was held at Mama Roux’s in Digbeth and hosted by BBC Radio WM presenter Alex Noble.

Amazon UK Services Ltd was the headline sponsor for the event and Community Relations Manager, Neil Williams, presented the Student of the Year trophy.  He said: “This has been a tremendous opportunity to work with the Birmingham Press Club to both encourage aspiring journalists and recognise the best emerging talent. It’s great to see the world’s oldest press club looking to the future with the Midlands Media Students’ Awards which we’re delighted to support.”

Birmingham Press Club chairman Llewela Bailey added:

“Many well-known names in the media world have kick-started their careers after having successfully negotiated their courses at Midland universities and colleges. And I have no doubt that those who entered our awards will be following in their footsteps.

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