25 October 2004

Journalism students in contention for award

Caroline Stocks

The hard work of students from the Department of Journalism Studies has been acknowledged in a national competition.

sheffieldbase.com, the University of Sheffield’s online student newspaper, has been nominated in the Best Student Media Website category in the NUS/Daily Mirror National Student Media Awards 2004.

The site is run by volunteer students, a number of whom are from the journalism department.

Editors Gary Hartley, a third-year journalism studies student, and Caroline Stocks, who is doing the MA Political Communication course, have been writing for sheffieldbase throughout their time at the university.

Third-year Journalism Studies students Mark Tallentire, James Taylor and Heather Gendey have also contributed regularly to the site during the past three years.

The website faces competition from Durham, Oxford, Warwick and York University websites to win the prestigious award at a ceremony at Canary Wharf in London on November 13.

“Even if we don’t win, it’s a privilege to be nominated and have our hard work recognised by people in the industry,” said Caroline Stocks.

“sheffieldbase.com has grown so much over the last few years, and to be part of that has been a great experience. Now we’re hoping more students, particularly ones in the journalism department, will take an interest in the site and even consider writing for us.”