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27th November 2012, 5:01pm
Besma's documentary wins national TV award
Besma with her RTS award A Journalism student from the University of Lincoln who travelled to Tunisia one year after the Arab Spring to make a documentary has won a Royal Television Society Award for her work.

Besma Ayari was a final year student in Lincoln's School of Journalism when she travelled to North Africa, from Tunis to Sidi Bouzid, and from Kasserine to Monastir, to get to know the people behind this now famous revolution.

At the RTS Midlands Centre Awards 2012, which took place in Birmingham last week, she was named the winner of the Best Factual category of the student awards section.

Her documentary was described by judges as: "A strong and original journalistic piece with good access to interviewees.  An interesting attempt to personalise the perspective from those involved. Besma started from a point of declared interest but the end result is an excellent journalistic piece."

Besma was one of three LSJ students shortlisted in the Factual category of the student awards. The School also had a separate entry in the main Best Promotional Programme category.

Barnie Choudhury, Principal Lecturer in the Lincoln School of Journalism, said: "All four journalism students nominated have done something incredible. Besma faced tough competition from her friends and other universities and colleges around the Midlands. But the judges' comments say it all - she's produced an excellent film. It's a remarkable achievement and something we're all proud of at the Lincoln School of Journalism. Besma will now be judged for the RTS National Student Awards - and we wish her the very best of luck. She's a talented journalist whom the judges think will go far."

This is the 10th consecutive year that University of Lincoln students have been shortlisted for regional awards by the RTS and the University has returned with at least one award each year bar one. As well as the LSJ's nominations, the Lincoln School of Media also had students on the shortlists this year.

Besma, who graduated from Lincoln in summer 2012 and immediately secured a paid internship with the Dutch national broadcaster NOS, said: "I've got a lot to thank the University for. Without my three years here I wouldn't have had the confidence or training to go out to Tunisia and make my film. The lecturers here have been so supportive and put so much trust in me.
"I advise all students, no matter what course you do, to never give up. The opportunities are out there and you just need to go for it, give it your all and the benefits will be yours."

Besma, who is originally from Holland, has previously won two national awards; the BBC Connect & Create and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council Award, with fellow students for work they filmed in their second year. She is now aiming to become an international news correspondent.

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