amazon and midlands universities to back Media Students Awards

Five Midland universities are among a raft of supporters to have come on board to back the Midlands Media Students’ Awards, which are being revived after a lapse of more than two years by Birmingham Press Club.

Sponsorship has been confirmed by Birmingham City University, De Montfort University’s School of Media, the University of Gloucestershire, the University of Northampton, and the University of Worcester.

As well as being supported by the Press Club’s overall sponsor, HSBC UK, the Awards this year will be sponsored and supported by Amazon.

Neil Williams, Community Relations Manager for the company said: “It’s 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.”

Both Amazon and the Press Club’s overall sponsors HSBC acknowledge the talents of the Midlands’ next-generation journalists and photographers.

The awards are to take place on 10 April at Mama Roux’s, Digbeth’s latest leisure venue situated at Lower Trinity Street, Birmingham, B9 4AG. Individual tickets are priced at £30, including VAT. To make a booking visit https://www.midlandsmediaawards.co.uk/studentawards

Sarah Jones, who is head of Birmingham City University’s School of Media, said: “Journalism in the region is going from strength to strength. We are seeing a huge increase in the number of students wanting to study journalism that are deeply engaged and looking to find fresh approaches to telling stories.

“The talent is exceptional and it is great to celebrate students across the region at the Midlands Media Awards,” she added.

Ben Archer, a programme leader and senior lecturer at De Montfort University’s Leicester Media School, said: “We are very pleased to be associated again with the Midlands Media Awards in 2019, situated as we are within the highest concentration of creative media businesses outside the M25, and on the threshold of some exciting strategic expansion of opportunities in these industries across the Midlands.”

Anne Dawson (pictured), head of media school at the University of Gloucestershire, said:  “Supporting the Midlands Student Media Awards provides the Gloucestershire Media School with an excellent opportunity to showcase our students' work.”

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A former BBC and ITV journalist, Anne added: “The awards will enable young journalists to compete in a supportive, professional environment where they can compare the quality, tone and subject matter of their work with that of their peers.  We welcome the return of this scheme and look forward to being closely involved.”

Marc Webber, Programme Leader in Media, Journalism and Performance school at the University of Northampton, said: “We are delighted to be supporting a night which turns the spotlight on the future journalists of the Midlands.

“At a time when regional media is coming under scrutiny it is even more imperative we prove that there are still people in the region who care about the issues around them and have great stories to tell.

“Our students are looking forward to pitching their work to the judges,” added Marc, who began his career as a Saturday sports reporter at Red Dragon Radio in Cardiff.

The University of Worcester’s Principal Lecturer in Journalism, Claire Wolfe (pictured), said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their work and we fully endorse the Press Club’s support for helping to bring on the next generation of journalists.

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“The role of new entrants to the profession has never been more important. In order to retain a robust democratic society, we need bright, well equipped individuals to fact check information and to question those in power.

“They also need to be able to engage with news consumers across a range of platforms and to tell factual stories in new and vibrant ways. This award scheme champions both the values of established journalistic practice as well as innovation within the profession.”

Awards categories will include digital journalism, news, entertainment, sport, fashion & lifestyle, travel, broadcasting and photography.

Press Club chairman Llewela Bailey said: “The region has a wealth of emerging talent that, I am sure, will guarantee the Midlands continuing to be a hotspot for the development of those working in the media industry.”

  • Lincoln University student Natasha Turney, chosen as Student of the Year at the inaugural awards, is now a BBC broadcast journalist, while Worcester University student Conor Rees, who took the accolade in 2016, is publishing a lifestyle magazine.


The full list of nominations for this year’s awards is as follows:


NOMINATIONS – STUDENT AWARDS


BROADCASTING (RADIO):

Adam Chowdhury, University of Worcester

Ama Esson, University of Northampton

Calum Archibald, Birmingham City University

Fade Radio, Birmingham City University

James Williams, University of Lincoln

Joint entry: Tom Hartley, Harvey Lawrence, Jordan Marks, Alex Noonan & Conal Blanchette, Birmingham City University

Lucy Ryan, Birmingham City University

BROADCASTING (TELEVISION)

Becky Tombs. University of Derby

Elliot Hawkins, University of Lincoln

Hafsa Naveed, Birmingham City University

Hannah Brown, University of Lincoln

Jakub Machacek, University of Derby

James Williams, University of Lincoln

Katharyn Daniels, University of Lincoln

Nikolina Cetinic, University of Derby

Oscar Edwards, University of Derby

Patrycja Boryka, Nottingham Trent University

Thomas Smith, University of Derby

CULTURE

Anisah Vasta & Abigail Nruah, Birmingham City University

Annabel Alston & Talie Colbourne, University of Lincoln

Becky Tombs, University of Derby

Beth Ennis & Katharyn Daniels, University of Lincoln

Birmingham Film Festival Magazine, Birmingham City Uni

Emily McIlroy, University of Derby

Gavin Randhawa, Birmingham City University

Hesham Abdelhamid, University of Gloucester

Jade Morris, Birmingham City University

Kaylee Poloczek, University of Northampton

Lydia Johnson, Birmingham City University

DATA JOURNALISM

Becky Tombs, University of Derby

Calum Archibald, Birmingham City University

Carmen Aguilar Garcia, Birmingham City University

Jessica Francis, University of Worcester

Kirsty Card, Birmingham City University

Sania Aziz, Birmingham City University

Victoria Oliveres Torrescassana, Birmingham City University

Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra, Birmingham City University

FEATURES

Abigail Hunt, Nottingham Trent University

Annies Joy. De Montfort University

Beth Ennis & Katharyn Daniels, University of Lincoln

Ellie Kirwin-Jones, University of Gloucestershire

Eve Smallman, Nottingham Trent University

Gurjeet Nanrah, Nottingham Trent University

Hesham Abdelhamid, University of Gloucestershire

James Williams, University of Lincoln

Jane Haynes, Birmingham City University

Jessica Francis, University of Worcester

Matthew Taylor, University of Worcester

Ryan Plant, University of Derby

NEWS:

Amneet Kaur, City of Wolverhampton College

Becky Tombs, University of Derby.

Kirsty Card, Birmingham City University

Eleanor Prince, University of Worcester

Elliott Hawkins, University of Lincoln.

Gurjeet Nanrah, Nottingham Trent University

James Williams, University of Lincoln

Lynn Butler, University of Wolverhampton.

Sania Aziz, Birmingham City University

Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra, Birmingham City University

PHOTOGRAPHY

Ben Booth, University of Derby

Ellen Flannery, University of Worcester

Kirsty Hatton, University of Worcester

Lauren Chivers, University of Worcester

Lynn Butler, University of Wolverhampton

Tara Watkin, University of Worcester

SOCIAL ISSUES & CAMPAIGNING JOURNALISM

Adrienne Titley, University of Worcester

Ama Esson, University of Northampton

Chloe Hughes, University of Worcester

Daniel Rundle, Birmingham City University

Jane Haynes, Birmingham City University

Lucy Pegg, Nottingham Trent University

Lynn Butler, University of Wolverhampton

Sam Ogun, University of Northampton

SOCIAL MEDIA JOURNALISM

Becky Tombs. University of Derby

Beth Ennis & Katharyn Daniels, University of Lincoln

Dominic Scott-Bone, University of Derby

Thomas Smith, University of Derby

SPORT

Adam Barker, University of Derby

Adam Micklewright, University of Gloucestershire

David Wainwright, University of Derby

Hritika Sharma, University of Derby

James Williams, University of Lincoln

James Vukmirovic, City of Wolverhampton College

Jim Quinlan, University of Derby

Jonathan Drake, University of Derby

Jon Hayward, University of Worcester

Louis Mitchell, University of Derby

Molly Hudson, Staffordshire University

Rob Stills, University of Derby

Sam Ogun, University of Northampton

Thomas Jobson, Staffordshire University

Thomas Smith, University of Derby