FORMER STUDENT MAKES THE HEADLINES!
A former student from City of Wolverhampton College is making the headlines after being shortlisted for a top media award.
James Forrest, who studied for his NCTJ qualification at the college last year has been shortlisted in three categories at Birmingham Press Club’s inaugural Midlands Student Awards.
The 31-year-old has been shortlisted for two pieces of work in the Social Economics Category, for two articles in the travel category and for a feature in the Lifestyle category about walking the 214 peaks featured in the seven pictorial guides by Alfred Wainwright.
James beat off the competition from more than 110 entries. He will now go through to the final awards, which take place at The Studio, in Birmingham city centre, on Tuesday, April 14. Winners of each of the scheme’s 12 categories will be offered internships with a range of employers including Free Radio, ITV News Central and the Express & Star.
Press Club chairman Ed James said: “The awards have encompassed the written word, broadcasting, video – and the skills of the blogger and web-creator, all of which have excited our early-stage judging panel. “For a first-time venture, we have been very pleased with the response, not only with the number of entries received but also the co-operation of universities and colleges, the media sector for offering internships – and, of course, the individuals who gave freely of their time to be the judges.”
James, who now works as a reporter for the Worcester News, said: “I am really delighted to have been named as a finalist in three categories and fingers crossed I might pick up one of the awards.
“I’d like to thank Dani, my tutor at City of Wolverhampton College, for all of her help and support throughout the course and for nominating me for the awards.”
Lecturer Dani Wozencroft said: “I had no hesitations in nominating James for this award. I am so pleased he has made the shortlist and he would be a worthy winner. He has impressed since he first contacted us about the course and has transformed into an excellent journalist.”
This is not the first time James has been singled out for his journalism skills. In February he was presented with the Johnston Press award for court reporting at the NCTJ’s annual Student Council event.