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26th April 2012, 11:06am
Students' anarchist film wins top national award
Journalism students back in Lincoln with their awards University of Lincoln journalism students have been recognised as among the best in the nation by taking two prizes in the annual Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) Awards on Tuesday night.

Undergraduate journalism students Besma Ayari, Oliver Perkins-Gibbons and Chris Goss were second years when they filmed their entry. They won the TV News Day Award for their report titled "The Anarchists". The judges said the piece, which focused on TUC protests in London, was "editorially strong, competently put together and supplemented by excellent web coverage. A top job."

Oliver said the piece resulted from being in the right place at the right time and was honoured to be recognised by a body as illustrious as the BJTC.

“Besma came to Chris and myself with the idea of going to London to report on the TUC rally last year. We all liked the idea and went along. Once we got there, it was obvious it was a much bigger story within our grasps. It didn't take a lot of time for us all to agree to follow a group of people who called themselves 'anarchists'. They were openly telling us that they were going to be destructive, so we kept close. Luckily, we were there ahead of the professional crews and got some great footage,” he said.

“I can only hope that the work I am doing this year can be even better, as I look to push myself forwards.”

Graduate, Joshua Jackson was also named as runner-up in the TV News Feature category for his film on mental health, "Suffering in Silence". Judges recognised the film, which has also won the Mental Health in the Media Award, and said it was a "personal and powerful story, delivered with insight and confidence. Well structured and movingly told." Joshua said the motivation for his report was to challenge the stigma attached to mental health issues.

“With men between the ages of 16-24 having one of the highest suicide rates in the country it was even more important to me that I told my story. Having experienced mental illness at a young age it was only appropriate that I talk about my experiences now,” he said.

Principal Lecturer, Barnie Choudhury, said he was proud of the students who were in their second year at the time and who beat off strong competition from around 50 entries around the country.

“What my colleagues at the LSJ and I see are bags of potential and we just try to help them maximise that. For students to work so hard and be recognised is testament to their achievements,” he said.

The awards were officially presented by BJTC at a ceremony at Ravensbourne College in London this week.

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