Talented  media students have received prizes at Teesside University’s  annual Journalism Awards.

The event, which was hosted by Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie, took place at the Students’ Union Love it Lounge on the Teesside University campus as part of ExpoTees.

Journalism students received awards based on exceptional work produced during the past academic year.

The student winners with Sky Sports News Reporter Keith Downie.

The winners receive a week’s work experience at the company which sponsors the individual award.

Winners were commended for the skills learnt on the BA (Hons) Journalism and the BA(Hons) Sports Journalism degree courses.

Among the awards were Broadcast Journalist of the Year, Best Feature Writer and Blogger of the Year.

Prizes included a number of work placements with The Gazette, The Northern Echo and The Hartlepool Mail along with work experience at Sky Sports News, The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine; Mirror Online; Global FM; BBC Tees and TV station Made in Teesside.

A number of special academic awards were also given out, including the NCTJ Prize for the student with the highest overall marks while training for the National Council of Journalism qualifications.

Keith Downie is Sky Sports News Reporter for the North East.

He is the man on the ground in these parts, breaking football stories involving Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Sunderland.

Whether it’s manager sackings, new player signings or the annual battles with relegation, Keith is kept busy by the region’s three football clubs.

He has reported from court in the Adam Johnson trial, broke the news as Sam Allardyce got the England job and was on hand as Rafa Benitez arrived on Tyneside to take over at Newcastle.

In the January & summer transfer windows Keith presents from the SkyPad in the London studio all the latest transfer dealings from clubs in England and Europe, as well as providing goal updates on Sky’s Soccer Saturday.

Hannah McMahon, Course Leader for Journalism in the School of Computing and Digital Technologies, said: “These awards recognise the hard work and excellent calibre of our current journalism students and the students were thrilled to be awarded their prizes by Keith.”

“I would like to thank all of the media organisations who generously contributed prizes to this celebration of our students’ achievements.”


Below is a list of the winners

NCTJ Prize Winner: Kelly Aitkin

Blogger of the Year – sponsored by Teesside University’s Corporate Communications.

Winner: Tommy Longworth

Content Producer of the Year –  Sponsored by Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima).

Winner: Ellie Roper                  

Feature Writer, sponsored by The Northern Echo

Winner: Sian Palmer-Brown

Multimedia Journalist of the Year, sponsored by The Gazette

Winner: Lauren Heslop

Community Reporter of the Year, sponsored by The Hartlepool Mail

Winner: Hannah Conway

Sky Sports News Award

Winner: Sam Blacklock

Lifestyle Reporter, sponsored by The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine

Winner: Samantha Hall

All Round Reporter of the Year, sponsored by Mirror Online

Winner: Sam Fletcher

Audio Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Global FM

Winner: Eden Lewis

Video Journalist of the Year, sponsored by Made in Teesside TV

Winner: Daniel Ragusa

Digital Communications Student of the Year sponsored by Harvey and Hugo PR

Winner: Sophie Wheadon 

Creative Communications Campaign sponsored by Publicity Seekers PR.

Winner: Christine Candeland

Outstanding Contribution to Campus Life Award, sponsored by Teesside University

Winner: Heidi Spencer

Public Relations Student of the Year – sponsored by DTW PR Agency

 Winners: Emma Morton and Ellie Dalton

 Broadcast Journalist of the Year – sponsored by ITV News Tyne Tees

Winner: Heidi Spencer

Blogger of the Year – sponsored by Middlesbrough FC Foundation

 Winner: Cameron Calvert

Ali Brownlee Award –  sponsored by BBC Tees.

Winner: Adam Hassell

Journalism Awards Final Project – Sponsored by Visualsoft.

Winner: Sport Uncovered – George Crabb; Luke Gray; Joe Robertson; Sam Blacklock

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