Sheffield duo reach final of video journalism contest

Superb work in video journalism by two Sheffield students has taken them both to the final of a unique national competition.

Rachael Venables and Gregory Hoare submitted work for the Generation Video Challenge, run by Associated Press (AP) with After viewing their films, the competition's judges have awarded both students places in next month's final.

AP devised the competition in response to findings that the 16-24 age group is the least engaged with news in general but the most likely to access news through online video. Contestants are challenged to create content that is relevant and engaging to this age group.

Rachael's film highlights the work of El Addo, an organisation set up in 2013 to support refugees and unemployed people in Sheffield. The focus of Gregory's video is the city's Ahmadiyya Muslim community, who sell poppies on Remembrance Sunday to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.

In the competition's final stage on 6 February, the students will visit AP's video headquarters in London and be asked to produce a video using AP content. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges including Sue Brooks, AP's Head of Content Development, and the Daily Telegraph's Video Editor Ed Adams.

Both Rachael and Gregory are studying for an MA in Broadcast Journalism with the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield.


Rachael Venables – El Addo

Gregory Hoare – Ahmadiyya/Remembrance Sunday