18th May 2012, 9:49am
University of Lincoln wins top BBC journalism prize
A camera from Lincoln School of Journalism Students from the Lincoln School of Journalism have scooped the top journalism prize in the BBC Partnership Awards, held at the Media City in Salford - their second major award in a month.

Besma Ayari, Oliver Perkins-Gibbons and Chris Goss won the Journalism Award for a film they made while second year students. In their film, The Union Marches On, the three followed a group of self-styled anarchists protesting about the government's spending cuts.

The judges said of their work: "This was an outstanding piece of news reporting which showed real journalistic initiative and no small degree of courage." They called it an impressive and vivid report.

The group also won the Broadcast Journalism Training Council Awards (BJTC) in April for the same report. Besma, one of the Lincoln School of Journalism's international students, also learned yesterday that she had won a three-month paid internship at the Dutch national broadcaster, NOS, following a tough interview process earlier this week.

Three out of the four shortlisted for the Journalism Award, which recognises new journalistic talent and original reporting of stories which appeal to BBC audiences, were from the LSJ. Among them were Joshua Jackson, who won the MIND Mental Health Awards last year and was runner-up in the BJTC Awards, as well as Jemma Coburn, who was also nominated for the MIND award. The LSJ has now won the Journalism Award twice in three years.

Student Jonathan Cresswell and recent graduate Charlotte Reid missed out on The Content Innovation Award for their work on The Linc newspaper. This is the third year in a row that the paper, written and edited by students at the LSJ, has been shortlisted for this prestigious award.

Barnie Choudhury, Principal Lecturer in the LSJ, said: "This has been a wonderful year for the Lincoln School of Journalism. Students at the LSJ should have the confidence to know they can produce award-winning work. All of us are proud of all our students and hopefully this will inspire them to go on and do great things in the future."

The BBC Partnership Awards were held at Media City, Salford, on Thursday 17th May 2012.

These are the fourth set of awards which students at the LSJ have won during this academic year and come hot on the heels of international success for Lincoln's first community radio station, Siren FM. Next week MA graduate, Tim Long, will find out whether he has won the BBC's College of Journalism first ever Postgraduate Journalism Student Innovation Award at the Connecting Communities Conference, also at Media City.
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