Salford graduate scoops top journalism award

Friday 15 August 2014

A former University of Salford postgraduate student has scooped a top industry award in journalism - just a year after she graduated.

A former University of Salford postgraduate student has scooped a top industry award in journalism - just a year after she graduated.

A panel of leading industry professionals judged that Sian Davies, 27, who now works at The Plymouth Herald, was the best young journalist in the South West of England.

Sian landed the award after securing a trainee reporter job while completing the MA Journalism programme at Salford, which is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

She has since been promoted to the post of Health Reporter at The Plymouth Herald.

After winning the Newcomer of the Year at the EDF Energy South West of England Media Awards, Sian said: “Salford University gave me a great start in what is such a competitive industry – one which I had been scared about venturing into for years because I thought I wouldn’t be cut out for it.

“Studying for industry-approved exams with the NCTJ, having the support of experienced tutors with a wealth of experience and being encouraged to do as much work experience as possible gave me the confidence I needed to make the most of the course and ultimately bag a job at an award-winning paper.

“I am still close friends with a number of my peers on the course and had a great year both personally and professionally while I was at Salford.”

Paul Broster, Programme Leader for MA Journalism, said: “Sian was an outstanding student and is now an outstanding young journalist, who, like many of our graduates, is now working in the industry. I’m absolutely thrilled - but not surprised - by her success.”