Journalism graduates receive accolades


Two University of Lincoln Journalism graduates have won accolades from the Scottish media industry.

Claire Doughty (27) was highly commended in the Reporter of the Year category and Andy Dixon (23) was highly commended as Young Journalist of the Year at Scotland's annual Highlands and Islands Media Awards.


Claire graduated from the University in 2001. Since then she has worked at weekly newspaper the Highland News and became chief reporter there in April 2007. It is the second time Claire has been honoured at these awards, scooping the features writer of the year award in 2003.


Andy graduated with first-class honours in 2006 and now works on bi-weekly broadsheet newspaper The Inverness Courier.His award entries included exclusive reports with bosses at Flybe who revealed plans for new air links, and an interview with the chairwoman of the National Trust for Scotland.


He said: "At Lincoln I was always encouraged to find a range of stories. Advice from tutors was helpful although experience can never be replicated. I'd encourage anyone seriously wanting to become a journalist to persistently pursue work placements while studying.”


The Inverness Courier and Highland News are publications of Scottish Provincial Press. Nick Hunter, editorial director of the company, said: “It is clear that Lincoln must be doing something right. Apart from applauding the talents of these two outstanding young journalists this recognition has to be a feather in the cap for Lincoln School of Journalism.”


Meanwhile, another Lincoln graduate is also enjoying success in the region. Samantha Chetwynd (22) has worked at the Inverness office of daily newspaper The Press and Journal since March 2007 and was another candidate in the Young Journalist of the Year category.


 Andy Dixon and Claire Doughty

Above: Andy Dixon and Claire Doughty


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