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Students Enjoy Success at Regional Journalism Awards

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University of Worcester Journalism students enjoyed a night of success at the inaugural Midlands Media Student Awards earlier this month.

A total of eleven Worcester students were shortlisted across the eleven separate award categories as the Birmingham Press Club marked its 150th anniversary by recognising the region’s most talented young journalists and broadcasters.

Worcester student Rebecca Green won the Entertainment category, while Becca Husselbee was ‘highly commended’ for her submission in the Fashion section.

Rebecca’s award-winning entry was a feature called ‘Life after Eileen’, based around an interview with Kev ‘Billy’ Adams, formerly of Dexys Midnight Runners.

Rebecca says: “I'm really pleased about winning the award. It was very unexpected, particularly considering the high standard of entries from all across the Midlands. I'm looking forward to taking up an internship as my prize and gaining a further insight into a working journalism environment.”

Becca adds: “I was so happy to be nominated let alone win an award. It was a fantastic event and has made me really determined to succeed in the press industry. It shows that if you work hard it can pay off and I hope more students take part in competitions like these.”

The awards attracted more than 110 entries from media students throughout the East and West Midlands, with the opportunities of placements with a range of the region’s media outlets on offer to entrants.

Some of the Midlands’ most recognisable broadcasters, including BBC Midlands Today’s Mary Rhodes and Central News’ Bob Warman, attended the ceremony, and Claire Wolfe, Subject Leader in Journalism at Worcester, was delighted to see the University so well represented.

“There were an impressive number of finalists from the University of Worcester,” she says. “This demonstrates the high calibre of students coming through. They should all feel incredibly proud of themselves for doing so well.”