Award nominations for Sheffield journalism students

Students show off their magazine workStudent Journalists from the University of Sheffield have dominated nominations for some of the industry’s top student awards.

Students on the BA Journalism Studies course have received four nominations for the Periodicals Training Council (PTC) New Student Magazine of the Year award, while two students on the MA Magazine Journalism course have been shortlisted for the New Concept award. One of them, Tom Hocking, has also been nominated for Feature Writer of the Year in the Guardian Student Media Awards.

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, journalist Laurie Penny and Channel 4 presenter Jon Snow judge the Guardian Student Media Awards, which are open to anyone with a valid NUS card. They see hundreds of entries from around the country every year.

The PTC competition is reserved for students on courses accredited by the PTC from around the country. It attracts the attention of some of the magazine world’s bosses on the lookout for the brightest young talent coming up in the industry. It rewards originality and ambition in creating magazine brands from business plan to printed product.


Tom, 23, from Sheffield, said he was honoured to be shortlisted for both the awards. “The course has been a hard year of work but extremely enjoyable. I hope this helps my career but I know there’s a tough road ahead before I can say I’ve made it.

“I’d like to thank my tutors, especially Yvonne Illsley and Peter Genower, for passing on their knowledge and inspiring me to keep working to build my career."

Tom’s magazine concept, Slog It! will be alongside Bollywood: First Take, the magazine devised by his course mate Sambit Satpathy, also 23, from Cuttack, India, and concepts from three other universities.

It was just as good news for the undergraduate students, who swept up four of the seven nomination places for the New Student Magazine category. Their titles, which were produced in small groups, are Nu Mode, Sport Zone, Poppy and While You Wait.  Michael Smith, managing editor of the university’s student newspaper, Forge Press, was also placed on the Guardian shortlist for Reporter of the Year.

“It is a fantastic achievement for students to receive so many nominations for such prestigious awards,” said Yvonne Illsley, Course Leader for Magazine Journalism.

“It shows the amazing talent we have both on our MA and BA courses and that Sheffield’s journalism department is highly regarded by both the Magazine and Newspaper industry. The challenge is to keep improving so next year we can sweep the board.”

The PTC awards ceremony will take place on 19th October, whilst the Guardian event will be on 23rd November.