26 November 2010

Leanne wins Student News Journalist of the Year Award

Leanne Rinne

A third year undergraduate journalism student at Sheffield has been announced NCTJ Student News Journalist of the Year and was invited to the prestigious Society of Editors conference to collect her award.

Leanne Rinne, 20, submitted three news stories she wrote for the University of Sheffield’s student newspaper, Forge Press, and was delighted when the judging panel selected her articles to win.

The awards were presented by Simon Bucks, associate editor at Sky News, following a congratulatory speech from the NCTJ chief executive Joanne Butcher.

She said: “The winning students and trainees demonstrated they have the skills to shine in this competitive industry and develop into successful journalists of the future.

“The judging panel was impressed by the quality of work from all the entries and had a challenging task choosing the category winners from the wealth of talent.”

There were thirteen categories in total, including Trainee Features of the Year and NCTJ Photographer of the Year.

Leanne was the only person to receive an award who had not yet completed her studies at University.

She said: “I was extremely pleased to find out I had been shortlisted for the award and I was delighted when they told me I had won.

“The NCTJ is very respected and well-known within the industry, so it is great for them to recognise my news articles.

“I would recommend all aspiring journalists to get involved in student media while you have the chance because it is a brilliant way to practice your skills.”