Influential media figures recognise Salford students at Student Journalism Awards

Tuesday 30 June 2015

Earlier this month, the University celebrated the work of Journalism students in the heart of the BBC’s Northern HQ, Quay House. 

The University of Salford Student Journalism Awards were attended by high profile figures from the BBC, ITV, print and online media publications, as well as members of staff and students.

BBC Radio 5 Live’s Editor, Jonathan Wall, opened the evening with a speech to the audience, paying tribute to the way MediaCity has transformed Manchester and Salford.

He said: “Things like this in the media industry don’t kind of happen on this scale: whether it’s the very future thinking part of the BBC; whether it’s Coronation Street and its new set doing HD; whether it’s the Salford media students in their totally amazing facilities. It’s quite extraordinary.”

With over 300 eligible students, industry judges had a tough job selecting the winning entries in categories covering TV, radio, print and online journalism.

ITV Granada Reports editor Lucy West, who judged the best TV journalism category, said: “The entries for the TV journalism awards showcased a range of stories and styles of reporting. The top 3 showed great creativity and ambition using a variety of treatments. “

Emilia Mincheva, speaking after she won The Eddie Lowey Award for Outstanding Student of the Year, said: “This award is a great honour and I would like to say a big thank you to my tutors who have always been there for me. It is an unexpected but flattering end to my three-year journalistic journey at The University of Salford.”

You can find below a video of the highlights of the awards ceremony.