15 November 2006

Felicity triumphs again

Sheffield University Journalism graduate Felicity Hay has carried off another top award, adding the reporter of the year award at the Guardian Student Media Awards to her Press Gazette student journalist of the year title she won in July.

Felicity, who graduated this year with a first class honours degree in journalism studies, wins a six-week all-expenses-paid work placement at Sky News and a week's work experience at The Guardian.

Felicity’s portfolio of stories all came from the student newspaper Sheffield Steel and included a front page lead which described changes in the University of Sheffield’s Vice Chancellor’s salary and expenses claims – information gleaned from a Freedom of Information Request.

Felicity, who recently started work as a trainee reporter with the Bury Free Press in Bury St Edmunds, said: “I still can't believe it. It just feels a bit surreal to be honest - although the cheque has been banked so I'm sure it'll sink in soon.”

This year's judges included Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, Sky News political editor Adam Boulton, Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow, Heat editor Mark Frith, Grazia editor-in-chief Fiona McIntosh, ITN presenter Katie Derham, and Daily Mail columnist Alison Pearson.

The students received their awards from TV presenter Lauren Laverne last week at a ceremony in central London.