Double Sheffield success at RTS awards

Megan ColleyFormer University of Sheffield Journalism student, Megan Colley, has been awarded a Royal Television Society (RTS) Award for a news film she made as part of the journalism course. Megan's fellow 2012 graduate, Tasha Hawker, won a Runner Up prize.

Megan (pictured right) produced a short film on “Larping” – Live Action Role Players. She joined the players for a weekend event in local woods, and followed them as they fought serious fantasy battles in a forest, even putting her own battling skills to the test.

You can watch Megan's film here.

Megan is currently working for a charity in Africa, so her project supervisor,  Katie Stewart picked up the Will Venters News Award on her behalf. Katie is pictured below (right) with Will's wife Margaret (centre) and daughter, Lauren.

Humour

Megan was thrilled when she heard the news:

Katie Stewart with Will Venter's wife and daughter"I am really delighted and surprised to have won, it means so much! Thanks to my tutors Katie Stewart and Matt Robson particularly for helping me the whole way and the LARPers themselves. The Sheffield Journalism department has an excellent support system which has helped me realise what I want to do with my future and provided me with the skills necessary to get there, which I'll always be grateful for."

Katie praised the imagination that went into the piece: "Megan's film taught me something I didn't know about rather a bizarre pastime and combined tongue in cheek humour with some fantastic filming and editing. The RTS were impressed with the editorial skills and creativity that went into it. I'm very proud of Megan and know how hard she worked"

Tasha Hawker with her awardTasha Hawker (pictured right) received Runner Up prize.

Choir

She wrote, directed and edited a documentary about a group of people living with dementia and their carers, who started a choir, recorded a charity single and sang at the Scottish Parliament.

The documentary explores the role of music in helping those living with dementia and the effectiveness of the support of local community and friendship in living with dementia.

You can watch Tasha's film here.

She had the idea for her piece because she had volunteered with the charity Alzheimer’s Scotland and through this met the dementia choir, called “Musical Minds” who became the focus of the documentary.

The RTS Awards Ceremony was held at York Racecourse on 12th November.