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14th October 2010, 9:10am
Lincoln journalism graduate scoops broadcasting award
Award winner Richard Cox A University of Lincoln graduate has been honoured with a top broadcasting award.

Richard Cox, who studied for a BA in journalism, scooped the runner-up prize in the Broadcast Journalism Training Council's award for long form films at the BBC's White City in London.

The BJTC regulates and sets the benchmark for courses which teach broadcast journalism. It is the second time the Lincoln School of Journalism has won a coveted BJTC award in the past two years. The previous prize was in recognition for Innovative Teaching.

Cox was marked out for his film, 'Crossing the Divide', a story about how the Humber Bridge was in danger of destroying communities either side of the river.  He shot, edited, scripted and produced the ten minute film as part of his final year at the University.  It was one of four films Cox made that year.

On receiving his award, Cox said: "I was shocked and surprised because it was a year of hard work. It was a real testament to the tutors and my team mates - and I'm collecting the award on their behalf as well."

Thinking of his last year at Lincoln, Cox continued: "It was intense, hard work but above all, fun."

BJTC Secretary, Jim Latham, said of the film: "It caught my eye because I was the News Editor of BBC Humberside at the time the Bridge was being built. We reported on the politics and all the twists and turns. So to look back at how it's translated to modern day and how it impacts the economy is just fantastic."

The University of Lincoln's television tutor, Barnie Choudhury, joined Cox in London. He said: "Richard worked hard consistently. He's a lovely guy who helped all his mates and they him. It's good to see that real talent is recognised. Some of his shots, his editing and story telling would put some professionals to shame. Richard deserves this."

Cox is now an editor's assistant with an independent production company in Bristol which makes high profile films for Britain's main television channels.

The BA Journalism programme is fully accredited with the BJTC, the PTC (Periodical Training Council) and is 'Recognised for Excellence' by the EJTA (European Journalism Training Association).

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