03 July 2006

Felicity is Student Journalist of the Year

Sheffield journalism student Felicity Hay has scooped two awards in this year’s prestigious Press Gazette awards.

Image of Felicity Hay

Not only did she win the News Writer of the Year category but she was also named Student Journalist of the Year.

Felicity (21) couldn’t attend the awards ceremony at Reuters in London last Friday – she’s travelling around Australia until mid July. The award was collected from Press Gazette owner and former Mirror editor Piers Morgan on her behalf by her parents. She did however give her reaction in a specially shot video, saying how thrilled and surprised she was.

Felicity’s portfolio of stories all came from the student newspaper Sheffield Steel. It included a front page lead which described changes in the University of Sheffield’s Vice Chancellor’s salary and expenses claims. The judges said they were particularly impressed by the way Felicity had used the Freedom of Information Act and that all her stories were examples of grass roots investigative journalism at its best.

Just days earlier, Felicity heard she’d graduated with a first class honours degree in Journalism Studies.

In the News Writer of the Year category Felicity beat off two entries from the Trinity Mirror Training Course and three from City University. The Student Journalist of the Year is chosen from the winners of eight separate categories covering radio, television, online, photography, feature writing, student scoop and interviewing.

Students from all four postgraduate courses in the department were shortlisted in the Team of the Year category in the same awards. Fifty-two postgraduates on the Web, Broadcast, Print and Political Communication Masters programmes worked together to cover the local elections in May 2006