Students attend London magazine awards ceremony


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Students Samantha Ball and Natasha Jagger travelled to London to meet national magazine editors at an industry award night for young talent.

The students were nominated for the Professional Publishers’ Association  New Talent Awards for outstanding work on the BA Journalism course and beyond.

The night was held at the Grade 1 listed LSO St. Luke’s church in Old Street and hosted by editor-in-chief of Empire magazine Terri White .

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Carolyn Waudby, module leader for Feature Writing and Publishing 3, part of the BA Journalism magazine pathway, put the students forward for the award and accompanied them to London.

Samantha was nominated for her blog on being a young mother at university Student Mum Diaries and Natasha for her freelance writing on film.

Carolyn said: “Both students are outstanding and we’re extremely proud of them. This was a highly prestigious event and an invaluable experience. They were able to meet editors and journalists from all kinds of magazines – from the trade press to top monthly glossies. ” 

Samantha added: “It was an honour to have been among so many talented people. We spoke with Terri White, who was so down to earth and gave a really motivating speech about how the journalism/magazine industry isn’t ‘dying’ out like everyone seems to think.

“It was such a great evening and nice to speak to people who have been in our position and only graduated in the last few years. They gave some great advice. One said she’s not working for the company she wants to at the moment but views it as valuable experience to learn new things every day.

“I also made some connections on LinkedIn, who said they’ll be there for any advice I need or if I have any questions.”