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Journalism student wins BBC award
Published: 16th February 2010, 4:41pm  (updated 18th February 2010, 3:58pm)

A student from the University of Lincoln has won the BBC Partnership Award for Journalism.

Dane Vincent was presented with the BBC Journalism Award for his film All Bonged Up at the Connect & Create Conference by TV funny men Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.

Judges said Dane’s entry was “a great, original story with a brave agenda.”

The documentary was about a little known herbal substance - at the time, at least - called Salvia Divinorum. It looked into how users were affected and what the relevant experts thought it could to consumers and what action should be taken.

Dane said:" "I couldn't believe it when my name was announced for the award. Our class was told at the beginning of the year that we should be aiming to create something worthy of something like this and to actually do that is something I take great pride in.

"Finishing the project was a challenge in itself, due to the sensitive nature of it, but the LSJ staff - particularly Barnie Choudhury and John Cafferkey - helped me to overcome the obstacles with their advice. My fellow students also chipped in with feedback and helped me with some of the filming to shape the overall documentary."

His tutor, Barnie Choudhury, said: "Dane richly deserved this award. He worked incredibly hard on a piece of campaign journalism. Not only that, he showed he knew what to do with his research by getting a government advisor to bring it to the attention of ministers."

Deborah Wilson, Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Journalism at the University of Lincoln, said: “These nominations are a huge vote of confidence in the School of Journalism and the work of Siren FM.

"The University’s Lincoln School of Journalism won the 2008 Award for Innovation in Broadcast Journalism Teaching from the British Journalism Training Council and has been ‘Recognised for Excellence’ by the European Journalism Training Association. These individual awards and nominations really illustrate the fantastic work that is coming out of the School."

In total, young journalists and broadcasters from the Lincoln School of Journalism were nominated in three of the five categories of the Awards, held at Teesside University. Additionally, Journalism students Hasina Sacranie and Leigh Milner were given special invitations by the conference organisers after they shone at their work experience placements at BBC Lincolnshire and BBC 5Live.

Part of their day involved attending workshops and networking with major industry figures including the Director General of the BBC, Mark Thompson.

Mr Thompson launched the new jobs website for the BBC’s move to MediaCityUK in Salford Quays, Greater Manchester in 2011. Speaking to an audience of students and academics he said that hundreds of new jobs will become available through a new BBC North jobs website:

He said:“We need to live and breathe the north by bringing in the best people with the best ideas no matter where they come from. That is why BBC North and these training and development schemes are so important to the future of the BBC, to UK broadcasting and to our creative industries.”

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