Two Salford Journalism alumni nominated for national journalism awards

Categories: School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology

Olivia Snelson and Isabella Jewell have been nominated for awards in the NCTJ (National Council for Trained Journalists) awards for excellence 2022 following their studies on the MA Journalism course at the University of Salford.

The university received the joint-second highest nominations of all universities nominated with three nominations, the same as the University of Kent, and Kingston University.  

Olivia, who is now working as an output producer for Sky News, has been nominated for the Student News Journalism award and the Student Project of the Year for her piece ‘The Bloody Truth: Period Poverty and Shame.’

Olivia said: “I was so excited when I found out that I had been shortlisted for not just one, but two awards by the NCTJ.

“I feel really proud that my radio series has been recognised by the NCTJ, because it will hopefully raise awareness for such a stigmatised and widespread issue, which is only worsening amidst soaring inflation and the cost-of-living crisis.

“The series explores the reality of life for those who lack access to period products, and those working tirelessly to tackle the issue. Across the five episodes, there are a variety of voices, from those affected, to health professionals, politicians, and even a student running a ‘Period Pub Quiz’ to raise money for products which she distributed around local schools.”

Isabella has been nominated for Podcast of the Year for her piece on the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme and has since pitched the podcast to German TV and radio station Deutsch Welle who are now broadcasting it as part of their weekly ‘Inside Europe’ podcast.

Isabella said: “I'm very glad that they decided to commission the story, as it is important to keep the spotlight on what is happening to Ukrainians who have come to find sanctuary in the UK.

“Sadly, many such people are struggling to cope with higher living costs, language barriers, bureaucracy, but most of all, the uncertainty clouding their future.”

On being nominated, Isabella said: “I was really happy and excited, mostly because it might encourage me people to listen and learn about the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme which is just such and amazing scheme.”

Both girls spoke about how the MA Journalism course at Salford really prepared them for working in the industry.

Olivia said: “It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I learnt so much during my time at Salford. The lecturers will push and challenge you to make sure that you fulfil your potential, but you’ll also have a lot of fun along the way.”

Isabella added: “Being able to learn and get these opportunities outside of London and in the Northwest [was so rewarding]. You really are in the best possible place to learn about Journalism.”

Andrew Lindsay, course lead for MA Journalism said: “I think it’s great that they have been nominated, we have had MA students in the past who have been nominated and won NCTJ Excellence awards.

“I think that speaks volumes of what we are doing, and it is really gratifying that students are taking on and putting forward those skills on a national level.

“In every major news room in this country, including Sky, BBC and ITV we have an MA presence in all of them and it shows the mark of approval the MA course at Salford has in the industry.”

The NCTJ Awards is one of the most prestigious national awards ceremonies for student journalists. Olivia and Isabella were one of 59 shortlisted for the awards with 444 entries received.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Twickenham Stadium, London on 2 March 2023.


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