Budding journalist and final year University of Salford student, Emily Burgin, has struck gold at this year’s O2 North West Media Awards ceremony, winning the highly esteemed category of Emerging Talent.
Outshining runners up from University of Bolton, Blackburn University and Cronton Sixth Form College, Emily was praised for her diversity as a journalist and her flair for presenting, producing and covering a wide range of stories.
Emily’s tutor Sarah Jones was absolutely beaming as she watched Emily collect her award in front of some of the most elite media professionals in the region. Reflecting back on the night, the Journalism Programme Leader said: “Emily is an incredible student who has shown such commitment and dedication to her studies, as well as her role as editor and producer of Quays TV News.
“It is fantastic that Emily has been successful in a category that attracted so many excellent entries. The fact that she has been recognised as the Emerging Talent of the North West demonstrates her diverse talent as a journalist and the promising future that lies ahead of her.”
Attesting to the positive impact that the University of Salford has had on her, Emily went on to say: “Without my BA (Hons) Journalism: Broadcast course, I wouldn’t have a lot of the skills that I have today and I probably wouldn’t have much of a shot at landing a job in the media industry.
“When I first came to University, I was very shy and quiet but I’ve gained a lot of confidence over the last two years which has enabled me to grow not only as a journalist, but also as a person.”
Dubbed the Oscars of regional journalism, this year’s North West awards attracted more than 300 entries from journalists and production teams from dozens of leading newspapers, online publications, and radio and television stations.
Special guests and award winners included BBC North West Tonight’s Jayne McCubbin, ITV Granada Report’s Rachel Townsend and colleague Dan Hewitt who was named TV Journalist of the Year.
Manchester Evening News and Liverpool Echo were also well represented along with radio reporters from Radio City and City Talk, Heart FM and The Bee.
Commenting on what an overall exceptional year it has been for North West media, Head of Communications and Reputation at O2, Nicola Green, said: “The media talent that’s in the North West is undeniable. Every year the judging panel finds it harder and harder to select an overall winner for each category. O2 is delighted to recognise that talent through these awards.”