Prizes keep coming as industry honours Sarah and Lydia

Sarah Cooper with her trophy at the RTS awards ceremonyTwo more Sheffield journalism graduates have been honoured for their superb work with high-profile industry awards.

Sarah Cooper (right), a journalist with ITV News Meridian, has been named Best Newcomer at the Royal Television Society (RTS) Southern Centre's annual awards ceremony.

Hosted by Sian Williams of BBC News, the ceremony took place at London's Park Lane Hilton in February.

Sarah – who studied MA Broadcast Journalism at Sheffield in 2009–10 – said: "I am absolutely over the moon! I know everyone says it, but I genuinely didn't expect to win – so much so that I didn't even buy a new dress!

"I get to do quite a bit of reporting at ITV News Meridian, but I am technically a Production Journalist, which means I also news edit, produce and present. So, when I saw that I was up against full-time reporters and presenters at BBC South and South East, I really didn't get my hopes up.

"But when I heard my name and saw my face on the big screen I was completely speechless for the first time ever. It's great to be recognised at this stage in my career and nice to know that all the hard work pays off... I just need a downstairs toilet to put the award in now!"

Feature Writer of the Year

Just days after the news of Sarah's prize, Lydia Fallon became Feature Writer of the Year in the EDF Energy East of England Media Awards.

A feature writer with Cambridge News, Lydia received her award at the prestigious Radisson Blu hotel at Stanstead Airport.

Lydia was a student on our BA Journalism Studies course, graduating in 2010.

Hearty congratulations from all of us at the Department of Journalism Studies to both Lydia and Sarah – and all our other recent award-winning students and graduates.