Lily wins convergence prize

Lily CanterJournalism lecturer and PhD student Lily Canter has been awarded the Convergence prize at the MeCCSA annual conference 2012.

The prize was for the best piece of research by a postgraduate or postdoctoral student, which met the aims of the The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies.

Lily won the award for her paper The interactive spectrum: the use of social media in UK regional newspapers. The research looked at how journalists at the Leicester Mercury and Bournemouth Daily Echo were using Twitter and Facebook to interact with readers.

Fascinating research

As part of her prize Lily's paper will be published in the journal and she will also receive £150 worth of Sage books.

She said: " I am very pleased to have won this award as it will be my first academic publication. It forms just one small part of my overall PhD but it is a fascinating area of research which I would like to develop further in the future."

Lily is holds a Masters degree in print journalism from the University of Sheffield and is currently studying for her PhD. She is also working as a journalism lecturer at De Montfort University.