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Journalism graduate wins national Royal Television Society award

Monday 19 June 2017

A GRADUATE from the University of Salford has won a national Royal Television Society Award.

Jennifer Henry, 22, took the ‘Undergraduate News Category’ award at the Royal Television Society’s student awards last week. for her 'Life As A Refugee' report aimed at children. 

Jennifer, from Middlesbrough explained: “The child had to be anonymised, and rather than using a silhouette which is the normal television technique, I taught myself stop frame animation so I could bring it to life and make it as colourful as possible, and turn it into something young children could really relate to.

“I wanted to make a piece for children as a challenge, so I had to make it very visually appealing, and get my interviewees to explain things in very simple terms. Children often take whatever their parents say as the truth, and I wanted to make something that gave them a better understanding of the issues so they could make up their own minds.”

The awards were chaired by director of Sky Arts Philip Edgar-Jones, and judges felt that Jennifer's report "combined compelling case studies, illuminating and entertaining vox pops from school kids and creative ‘fuzzy felt’ style explainers, to produce an informative and entertaining watch".

Jennifer graduated from the BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism , a highly reputable course which is taught at the University of Salford's MediaCityUK campus. 

The University of Salford’s Director of Journalism Paul Broster said: "Jennie was an outstanding student who was determined to make a difference as a journalist. She has done just that with her work and this RTS prize is the ultimate recognition from the television news industry.

"It is also a great endorsement of the education and training we provide at Salford, the facilities and staff we have on offer at MediaCityUK, and the close links we have with the media industry, all of which enable our talented students to produce work which could be easily shown on mainstream TV.”

The ceremony, which took place on Friday, was hosted by the comedian Katherine Ryan.

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Victoria Barker

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