11th October 2012, 8:10am
Double accolade for University of Lincoln graduates
Benjamin Potts with Alastair Stewart Graduates from the Lincoln School of Journalism swept the board for best TV documentary maker in the annual Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) awards on 9th October.

With only two finalists in each category, a graduate from the University of Lincoln was guaranteed the top spot at the awards ceremony at Winchester University.

Benjamin Potts, 22, was named the winner with Tom Bowen, 23, a very close runner-up. Both achieved first class honours degrees in BA (Hons) Journalism this year.

Benjamin’s documentary focused on his Grandmother’s dementia and how the illness has affected his entire family.

Benjamin, who is now working as a runner for a post production company, said: “The project wouldn't have been possible without the support and help of my family. It is fantastic to win this award but the most important thing for me is that it is getting recognition. It was a sensitive issue and it really feels like it was worth documenting. I'm hoping it will give some publicity to the issue of dementia. The Alzheimer's Society has been very supportive, even liking and favouriting the video on YouTube. Tom also produced a fantastic video on a very sensitive subject.”

Tom, who recently completed a two week placement at BBC Yorkshire, said: “My film looked at funding disparities between adults' and children's hospices and the services offered by a children's hospice in Grimsby to children and their families. I'm thrilled I was shortlisted for this award and would like to thank everybody at the University of Lincoln for their help and support.”

Undergraduates at the Lincoln School of Journalism have either won or been shortlisted for the BJTC Awards since 2009.

Principal Lecturer, Barnie Choudhury, said: "To have both the winner and runner up in the same category is an incredible achievement for undergraduates. Benjamin's story is a personal journey about his grandmother who has dementia. Alzheimer's is often known as the "Long Goodbye" and Benjamin uses his experiences to highlight the disease with added poignancy. Tom's piece about children who end their days in a hospice was powerful. He just let the protagonists speak and it was the better for it. Tom also discovered that children’s hospices don’t get as much government money as adult hospices so he set about campaigning to get this discrepancy taken up by MPs at Westminster. Both have great futures ahead and, I'm sure, will do the Lincoln School of Journalism proud."

Special guest Alastair Stewart presented all successful entrants with a certificate at the ceremony.
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