A budding reporter from City of Wolverhampton College is making the news after being shortlisted for a regional award.

Journalism student Taz Ali, aged 25, has been nominated in the Activist Journalism Category of the Midlands Media Student Awards for her piece about the plight of migrants in Calais.

She now goes through to the finals, which will be held on April 21 at Austen Court, the canalside conference centre located near the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham. Winners of each of the 12 categories will have the chance to undertake an internship at a range of leading digital companies, newspapers, publishers, radio and television stations.

Taz wrote her shortlisted article, entitled “The jungle in Calais; why are migrants in want of a secure life ignored?” after travelling to the Calais camp with the Stand Up to Racism delegation. She said: “I’m really happy to be shortlisted. I didn’t expect to be nominated at all.”

Lecturer Dani Wozencroft added: “I am incredibly proud of Taz for being shortlisted for an award.

“This was an article she wrote fairly early on in the course and she has kept up her dedication since, as well as continuing to develop as a journalist too.

“I wish her all the best for the finals but no matter what happens I am sure she will have a prosperous journalism career ahead of her.”

The awards, introduced last year by Birmingham Press Club to mark its 150th anniversary, were launched with the aim of recognising future talent in broadcasting, journalism and photography.

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