01 December 2010

Rob named as Broadcast Journalist of the Year

Rob Setchell (left) with ITN's Mark Austin

Sheffield journalism graduate Rob Setchell has been named as Broadcast Journalist of the Year in the Guardian Student Media Awards.

Rob, who graduated last summer after studying for an undergraduate degree at the Department of Journalism Studies, said it was “unbelievable feeling” when his name was read out as the winner at the awards night in central London.

"I was in total shock, it was such an incredible night," he added.

"I was up against some really established people working in broadcast so I am just so happy with this achievement".

Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian and editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media, said: "The students entering this year's Guardian Student Media Awards produced work of a high quality in one of the most challenging journalistic environments.

"This year's winners have all shown that they understand the value of journalism and have produced work that shows the best of journalistic qualities – passion, knowing how to achieve impact, being well researched, having the right amount of humour and a connection with their communities."

Since his graduation Rob has been working as a reporter for two regional weekly newspapers The Cams Times and The Wisbech Standard. He said he would love to get into broadcasting.

On his work for the award he said: "Lots of people have commented on my unusual choice of topic.

“I wanted to look at the whole idea of ‘Mickey Mouse degrees’.

“It all started when my Mum announced that she would like to study a degree in surfing! I wanted the piece to be entertaining, to raise a smile, but also to delve into some of the issues around the status certain degrees have compared to others"

His broadcast journalism tutor, Katie Stewart said: "Rob is a born broadcaster. Every package he produces stands out and he is one of the best presenters I have seen come through the course. I have a feeling he has an exciting career ahead of him."