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24th April 2015, 8:45am
Journalism graduate scoops top award
Natasha Turney A graduate from the University of Lincoln has been named Journalism Student of the Year at the inaugural Midlands Media Student Awards.

Natasha Turney was awarded the accolade by Sky News Managing Editor Peter Lowe, who headed the judging panel.

Natasha’s film, Death of a Clown, which was produced while Natasha was an undergraduate student at Lincoln's School of English & Journalism, was named winner of the ‘Culture’ category at the awards ceremony. She then went on to receive the most prestigious award of the night, ahead of the winners from eight other categories.

Death of a Clown
is a ten-minute film about the difficult times faced by people who run circuses and those who work in them.

Peter Lowe said: “The fusion of her minimalistic scripting, the interviews and the excellent pictures, for which Natasha was responsible, resulted in a very rich, beautifully-paced piece. All the winners have enormous merit, but I think Natasha showed the greatest amount of quality and creativity in her work.”

In addition to picking up her trophy, Natasha won a six-week internship with Trinity Mirror titles in the Midlands, which include the Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, Coventry Telegraph and Sunday Mercury.  Now working as a broadcast assistant at BBC Lincolnshire, Natasha studied Journalism and radio and television broadcasting at the University of Lincoln from 2011-2014.

Fellow Journalism graduate Emma Everitt also received an award on the night for her film, Ups and Downs of Education. Emma’s production was named as the winner of the Social Economics category.

Also shortlisted for awards were Jonathan Hart for his long-form radio, and Anna Paterson for her film work.

John Cafferkey, Senior Lecturer in the School of English & Journalism, said: "Once again, Journalism students from the University of Lincoln have been recognised for their excellence. We are really proud of the graduates who were nominated and of Natasha and Emma for their wins. For Natasha to receive the Student Journalist of the Year Award shows that our graduates are not just competing with other Journalism graduates, they are leading the way."

The awards, launched to recognise the emerging talent of next-generation journalists and broadcasters, were organised by Cloud 9 Event Management as part of Birmingham Press Club’s 150th anniversary celebrations. They attracted more than 110 entries from media students throughout the East and West Midlands.

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