Molly takes on the “heavyweights” at awards ceremony

A final year sports journalism student at Staffordshire University has been nominated in the British Sports Journalism Awards – alongside established football journalists from national newspapers.

Molly Hudson made the shortlist for Football Journalist of the Year after doing freelance shifts during last summer’s World Cup.

After being encouraged to work freelance during her university studies, Molly spent last summer working on the World Cup for the Independent. She now writes regularly for The Times and the BBC Sport website and will be covering the Women’s World Cup in France later this year.

Molly (pictured) commented:  “I am absolutely overwhelmed to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award, alongside many of the sports journalists that I continue to learn from and admire. The Times have supported me and I could not have built the close relationship I have with them without the help of Staffordshire University, particularly Mitch Pryce and Ian Whittell and the depth of contacts they have from years of experience in the industry.

Molly’s course leader Mitch Pryce added: “It’s an astonishing achievement for Molly to be recognised at this level. She’s competing against the likes of Henry Winter and Jonathan Liew – genuine heavyweight professional journalists.”