Leanne RinneLeanne nominated for RTS award

Journalism Studies graduate Leanne Rinne has been nominated for a prestigious Royal Television Society (RTS) award for a short film exposing the dangers street prostitutes face in Sheffield.

The factual documentary has been shortlisted in the news category in the RTS regional student awards and will face a final judging panel before the winner is announced at the beginning of next year.

Leanne made the documentary as part of her final year broadcast portfolio and spent time filming a local charity who provide help, support and advice to prostitutes working in Sheffield's red light district.

Inspired

She produced a unique and exclusive report into the issues prostitutes face in the 21st century and explored what the police can do to help keep the women safe.

Leanne said: "I was inspired to produce the film because ten years ago Sheffield prostitute Michaela Hague was stabbed to death and her killer has still never been found.

"Filming in the red light district was at times very challenging. From the start I worked hard to build up a relationship with the charity and it was very important that the prostitutes knew I was someone they could trust to tell their stories accurately and fairly.

"I am very pleased to be shortlisted for this award and would like to say thankyou to everyone at the Sheffield Working Women's Opportunities Project for letting me film with them on the 'Johnny Van' and for allowing me to film their exit and recovery programme."

Leanne graduated this summer with a first class degree and immediately began work with the Press Association as a multimedia journalist.