15th October 2004




A Journalism graduate from the University of Lincoln has come second place at a prestigious awards ceremony after he impressed judges with his journalistic talents.

James Holt (22), from Shrewsbury, came runner-up for the Malcolm Graham Award in recognition of his hard work and dedication during the Midland News Association's in-house training scheme.

Six trainees were in the running for the award, but despite narrowly missing out on the top prize James made a big impression with his examination results, all-round commitment and the stories he uncovered.

The overall winner was chosen by Wolverhampton Express & Star editor Adrian Faber and Shropshire Star editor Sarah-Jane Smith.

James was accepted onto the Midland News Association in-house training scheme in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton in March this year and applied after graduating from the university in 2003.


He has since worked at the Shrewsbury Chronicle and North Shropshire Chronicle, two small weekly papers with a combined circulation of around 20,000 readers.


 “The award was assessed from the first day of the training scheme and we were required to find a crop of stories for publication on a weekly basis,” said James. “The winners were determined from this assessment, including the results of an examination.


“My years at Lincoln helped me to confirm that journalism was the profession for me, and with a lot of help and guidance I was able to find a way into a very competitive work place. The variation of work at the university has put me in very good standing for what will hopefully be a long career in the media.”

The award was given for the first time this year and was presented by Barbara Graham, who came up with the idea following the death of her husband, former MNA chairman Malcolm Graham.

For more information contact:

Matt Cross, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886625                                   mcross@lincoln.ac.uk

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