16 November 2005

Royal Television Society award for Francesca

Francesca Bonora (right) with runner up Morna Young
Francesca Bonora (right) with runner up Morna Young

Journalism Studies graduate Francesca Bonora has won a prestigious Royal Television Society award with a six minute film exposing ignorance about Europe.

‘Europe – The Knowledge Gap’ won the Factual category in the RTS regional student awards, while fellow course graduate Morna Young was a runner up with her film analysing the secrecy surrounding the security installation at Menwith Hill in North Yorkshire. Francesca’s film will now represent the region at the national RTS student awards next year.

Francesca received the award at a ceremony in York on November 15 and RTS regional vice chairman Graham Ironside described her film as “excellent visual story telling, showing wit, imagination and insight”.

Francesca made the film as part of her final year broadcast portfolio. The idea was sparked by a course trip to the European Parliament as part of a module studying Europe and the media. She told the audience at the awards ceremony that she was surprised how little people appeared to know about Europe and decided to find out for herself how widespread was such ignorance and investigate some of the reasons for it.

With the simple device of asking people “How many countries are there in the European Union” the film showed that not many people could answer correctly – even a teacher of citizenship classes at one of the country’s top girls’ schools. The correct answer is 25. She also included interviews with an MEP, a national newspaper columnist and the European Commission representative in the UK.

Francesca completed her course in summer 2004 and immediately began work with Sky News at a text producer.