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Journalism Awards 2019

Journalism Awards night presentation

Thursday 9th May 2019, 6pm - Salford Museum and Art Gallery

This year’s event will take place at the historical Salford Museum and Art Gallery, located on our Peel campus, followed by an after party at our very own Atmosphere Students' Union!

All students who are shortlisted will be invited to attend, but tickets will be available to all Journalism students on a first come first served basis.

All who attend will be treated to a drinks reception on arrival, before the big awards ceremony, as well as a complimentary BBQ and DJ to play until the early hours at the afterparty.

You can book your tickets for the awards by visiting the Eventbrite page.

Below you'll find details of the evening's judges and the awards.

Judges                                                                                                                        Background                                                                                                                      
Gary Neville

Gary Neville
Gary Neville is an English football coach, retired football player and co-owner of Salford City. Since retiring from football in 2011, Neville has moved into punditry for Sky Sports and was also head coach at Valencia.

Gary will judge the Sports Journalist of the Year award.
Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor
Paul joined the Manchester Evening News in 1982, spending 17 years as a news reporter before becoming a feature writer, columnist and leader writer.

Paul will judge the Feature Writer of the Year award.
Natasha Johansson

Natasha is a senior digital producer working for BBC Radio 5 Live – shaping radio content for BBC Sounds and leading a team creating innovative supporting online content for podcasts and programmes.

Natasha will judge the Postgraduate Student Award.

Steve Panter

Steve worked at the Manchester Evening News for 25 years as an award-winning crime reporter and then news editor before moving into lecturing in 2003. He was also elected to the regional newspapers’ "Top 40 Hall of Fame" in 2006.

During the course of his career, he received 12 journalism awards and is a published author. He was a board director at the National Council for Training of Journalists (NCTJ) until 2015.

Steve will judge the Steve Panter Multimedia Journalist of the Year award.
Mark Waugh

Edinburgh-born press photographer Mark worked for the Manchester Evening News for 20 years, and was the last staff photographer they employed.

This year will be his 10th year freelancing mainly for The Guardian and corporate clients.

Mark will judge the Photojournalist of the Year award.
Rob Brown

Rob worked in senior roles for global agencies Havas, McCann Erickson and TBWA before launching Rule 5 as founding partner in November 2012. He is author of the best-selling 'Public Relations and the Social Web' (Kogan Page) and a former President of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).

He is listed in the PR Week Powerbook 2008-2019. He was awarded the Stephen Tallents Medal by the CIPR for service to the industry.

Rob will judge the Best PR of the Year award.
Lucy Meacock

Lucy has won two Baftas - one for covering the deaths of 23 cockle pickers at Morecambe Bay, the other for the long tireless campaign to get to the truth about what really happened in the Hillsborough Disaster. She's worked for newspapers, BBC Radio, BBC TV and ITV nationally and regionally.

She always regards herself as a journalist first and a presenter second. Her career has involved many scoops along the way and a wide variety of interviews with politicians, well known entertainers and people caught up in some of the biggest news stories of the last 30 years.Lucy likes to encourage aspiring journalists and also does a variety of charity work.

In the last 12 months she has cycled from Manchester to Chester, and from Chester to Liverpool, abseiled down the Radio City tower in Liverpool and has just agreed to do a triathlon for Barnardo's.  She is passionate about the North West of England which she says is without doubt the best part of the world to live and work!

Lucy will judge the Broadcast Journalist of the Year award.
Teresa McMahon

Teresa McMahon is a Producer for ITV News. She graduated from Salford University in 2016 as a mature student and while she was in her final year, did as much work experience as she could at the Manchester Evening News, BBC and ITV. She even managed to co-produce a Channel Four documentary in her final year, that had viewing figures of at least three million.It was at ITV that Teresa made an impression and was awarded the prestigious ITV Traineeship for the year 2016/17. 

She now makes reports for TV, edits and co-produces programmes, produces bulletins, field-produces outside broadcasts, writes scripts and often does regional news editing at ITN in London.She has had bylines in The Mirror, Manchester Evening News, Washington Post, Daily Mail and has had front page splashes in The Mirror and the Manchester Evening News.

Teresa will judge the 1st Year Student Award.
Liam Thorp

Liam is the political editor for the Liverpool Echo, which is one of the biggest regional news outlets in the country.His current role sees him head up a political team including four local democracy reporters - and cover the biggest political stories across Merseyside and the country.
After gaining a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Lancaster University, he joined the University of Salford to do a Post Graduate Diploma in journalism in 2011. He was shortlisted for the NCTJ Young Journalist of the Year for his work during his time at Salford.

Liam then started as a trainee journalist at The Bolton News, where he stayed for four years, going on to become political reporter and then chief reporter.He joined the Liverpool Echo as political reporter in 2017 - being made Politcal Editor the following year.

Liam will judge the 2nd Year Student Award.
Lisa Roland

Lisa Roland is the former news editor of the Manchester Evening News. Within weeks of arriving as a young reporter she was covering the Strangeways riots, living in her knackered old Nissan Micra outside the jail practically the entire 25 days.

At a time when the MEN covered international stories, Lisa was sent to the Gulf war and Rwandan civil war. As news editor, Lisa has been involved in most of the city’s major stories including the 1996 IRA bomb. She also led an investigations unit naming pimps, drug dealers, bent lawyers and bogus cabbies preying on young students.

Lisa was heavily involved in the MEN’s award-winning coverage of the 2017 Arena bombing. She says the calm professionalism of her reporters racing towards the unknown in the dead of night while hundreds were running for their lives in the opposite direction will stay with her forever.

Lisa will judge the 3rd Year Student Award.


Awards criteria 

The awards will be judged using the below considerations and criteria:

Award                                                                                                                         Criteria                                                                                                                        
Gary Neville Sports Journalist of the Year This must be a piece of sports journalism that impresses the famous judge. It can be across any of these platforms - television, radio, print or online. It can be published or unpublished.       
Steve Panter Multimedia Journalist of the Year This is the award for the best multimedia journalism in print, magazines or online. It needs to be a well-written original news or feature article that impresses the judge. It can be published or unpublished.      
Feature Writer of the Year This can include any subject local interest, human interest, politics, celebrity, music etc. It needs to be a well-written original feature that impresses the judge. It can be published or unpublished.       
Photojournalist of the Year This must be a piece of photojournalism. This can be a specific photo or include a portfolio of photos.       
Broadcast Journalist of the Year This must be a piece of radio or television journalism. It can be an example that has been broadcast or not been broadcast.            
1st Year Student Award This student has performed outstandingly during their first year on the course. Engaging fully with journalism, developing new skills and contributing full effort throughout the year. Along with any one piece of journalism produced during the year, please submit max 100 words explaining why you are the ‘best’ first year student.
2nd Year Student Award This student has performed outstandingly during their first and second years on the course. Engaging fully with journalism, developing new skills and contributing full effort throughout the year.  Along with any one piece of journalism produced during the year, please submit max 100 words explaining why you are the ‘best’ second year student.
3rd Year Student Award This student has performed outstandingly during their 1st, 2nd and 3rd years on the course. Engaging fully with journalism, developing new skills and contributing full effort throughout the year.  Along with any one piece of journalism produced during the year, please submit max 100 words explaining why you are the ‘best’ 3rd year student.
Postgraduate Student Award This student has performed outstandingly during their postgraduate year on the course. Engaging fully with journalism, developing new skills and contributing full effort throughout the year. Along with any one piece of journalism produced during the year, please submit max 100 words explaining why you are the ‘best’ postgraduate year student.
Best PR of the YearThis must be an example of a multimedia PR campaign, which could include a written proposal, press releases, video and social media to create a campaign on a variety of platforms. This could be created as part of an in-house or external project. Work can be published or unpublished.