In the run-up to this year’s Midlands Media Students Awards, to be held in Birmingham on April 21, Natasha Turney reflects on her success as winner in 2015
It was amazing to simply be shortlisted, so when my name was announced as winner of not only my category but overall Student Journalist of the Year, I was overwhelmed with shock and joy.
You always go to an award ceremony hoping for the best but you never truly believe it can happen until it does.
Having seen several of the entries beforehand I knew the standard was very high and it was going to be a tough decision for the judges.
This win came as a complete surprise and a great honour to be bestowed upon. Knowing the prestige of the industry event it’s an award I am extremely proud of.
Since then, my career as a Broadcast Journalist in BBC Local Radio has gone onwards and upwards, working my way through national reporting to primetime news reading and producing BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s flagship breakfast programme.
The award re-affirmed my own skills and ability and encouraged me to push the boundaries of creativity in my work.
As a reward for my success in the inaugural Midlands Media Students Awards I enjoyed a placement at ITV Central, spending time in all areas of the newsroom as well assisting with location reports. This was a great insight into a career in television, an avenue I’d like to pursue in the future.