Journalism graduates collected awards as well as their degrees on Saturday as they celebrated of three years’ hard work at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).
The Leicester Centre for Journalism’s Class of 2017 were invited to a special ceremony supported by #DMUlocal just before their official graduations where Ali Haynes, programme leader of DMU’s Journalism courses and Brian Dodds, deputy programme leader, praised their achievements.
Ali told them: “We are so enormously proud of you. We’ve spent three years telling you to try harder, must use that apostrophe. We are enormously proud that you have got to where you are. We have believed in you from day one and we love to be proved right!
“The course you have done is designed not just to help you get a first job, but also to equip you with the skills you need into the future.
“Whatever you go on to do should be your kind of fun. And I hope that’s a legacy of our course.”
Prizes were presented by Ali; John Dilley, who has just retired as programme leader of the Leicester Centre for Journalism; Tim Ince, of #DMUlocal and Sian Brewis, media officer at DMU.
Alongside supporting the event, #DMUlocal sponsored the prize for best community reporter, which went to Beth Mosettig (pictured above with Tim Ince). She said: “It was a nice surprise, I really didn’t expect to win. I’m into local news so I think it is important to tell local stories that matter to people.
“Coming to the end of my course is quite emotional. It’s been a long journey.”
It was Beth’s passion for community news and drive to broaden her journalistic horizons that bagged her the award, having spent the year taking part in a variety of work experiences.
She added: “I did work experience at the Leicester Mercury, at ITV News and other places and I definitely established that news is what I want to do. A lot of the experience I got from the course with all the journalism lecturers constantly sending stuff through, I just had to pick up the emails and apply.”
Three other prizes were on offer at the awards, including Best Sports Reporter, Best Digital Reporter and the Leicester Mercury Journalist of the Year.
The Leicester Mercury Journalist of the Year award went to Mollie Mansfield, pictured below.
She said: “I’m so grateful for this award. The tutors on this course have really helped me. I’ve had such a great time here, and graduating feels like I’m now actually an adult. I’ve been on Caters features desk for two months and today, I’ve got three pages leads in the national newspapers for one story.”
Best Sports Reporter went to Grace Morgan.
She said: “It’s been an amazing week! I just found out I’ll be starting work at DMU as a sports development assistant. I have really enjoyed this course, I play for the women’s football team and I’ve had the best experiences. I wrote a feature on women’s football and we got to cover a LCFC Premier League game from the press box.”
Best Digital Reporter was won by Olivia Whaley, below.
She said: “It’s been so good to receive this award I totally didn’t expect it. It’s something that employers will notice.”