16 August 2006

Journalism student honoured at press awards

A Journalism Studies graduate has been awarded the Press Gazette Student Journalist of the Year prize. Felicity Hay, 21, was also named Student News Writer of the Year at the annual awards held at the London Headquarters of Reuters.

Felicity, who recently graduated with a first-class honours degree in Journalism Studies, received the award for her portfolio of stories compiled during her time as news editor at the student newspaper, Steel Press. The judges were particularly impressed by the way she had used the Freedom of Information Act and said that all her stories were examples of grass roots investigative journalism at its best.

Felicity was unable to attend the ceremony as she was travelling around Australia, but her award was collected from Press Gazette owner and former Mirror editor Piers Morgan on her behalf by her parents.

Felicity said, "I am really pleased to have won the award. When I heard the news I was in Australia and I didn't really believe it was happening and I still don't think it has sunk in! I have always wanted to be a journalist. I learnt so much during my degree at the University of Sheffield and I have met so many amazing people."

Professor Peter Cole, Head of the Department of Journalism at the University of Sheffield, said, "We are enormously proud of Felicity, and we toasted her at our degree day reception. She will enhance the reputation of journalism at the University wherever she goes."

Felicity is now hoping to find a job at a local newspaper to continue developing her skills as a reporter.