Hope Student Shortlisted for BBC Journalism Award
A student studying for the Postgraduate Diploma in Radio and Online Journalism at Liverpool Hope University has been shortlisted for an award from the BBC College of Journalism.
Brian Plumridge is one of just six students from around the country is the shortlist for the Postgraduate Student Innovation Award. He was selected for his article on his blog Blue Suburban Skies about civil rights in the United States of America.
The article saw Brian interviewing US Government officials, Congressmen and MPs and building up his research and case studies through social media. He also used multimedia techniques to tell the story with animation, graphics, photography and audio all featuring alongside his written article.
He will now go to the BBC College of Journalism - Connecting Communities Conference at Media City in Salford on Thursday 24th May where the winner will be announced.
Brian said: “To be shortlisted for a journalism prize by the BBC - the greatest news agency in the world - is unbelievable. Being referred to as an innovator is such a compliment too. I'm very excited, and can’t wait for the announcement at Media City. Getting to the final has given me more belief that I can be a great journalist, and have a successful career. However, journalism is a competitive field, and having been shortlisted alone is something prestigious to put on my CV and give me an edge to get that first job after University.”
Gary Morrisroe, Programme Leader for the Postgraduate Diploma in Radio and Online Journalism, said: "It is a fantastic achievement to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. Brian's indefatigable determination to secure the testimonies of senior public officials on both sides of the Atlantic as well as the trust of private individuals central to the story has, along with his creative flair for balanced and innovative storytelling, paid vast dividends.
“Regardless of the outcome, to make the final six from what was, according to the scheme organiser David Hayward, a collection of very high standard entries, is very gratifying and exciting and Brian should be congratulated."