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Goldsmiths Radio Students take top prizes for News Feature and Documentary Journalism

Goldsmiths Radio undergraduate Sera Baker (centre) receiving the BJTC award for Best Radio New Feature. MA Radio Distinction alumna Jacqueline Shoen (left) receiving short-listed award.

Goldsmiths Radio undergraduate Sera Baker (centre) receiving the BJTC award for Best Radio News Feature 2015. MA Radio Distinction alumna Jacqueline Shoen (left) receiving short-listed award in this category.

Goldsmiths radio students took the top prize in news feature and documentary journalism at this year’s Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) awards held at ITV’s prestigious South Bank centre in London.

They secured every nomination in Best Radio News Feature and Best Radio Documentary categories.

It’s understood this is the first time this has ever happened in the history of the awards.

MA Radio alumna (Distinction) Jacqueline Shoen won Best Radio Documentary. ‘What’s Cookin’ in the burger lab.’

Jacqueline thanked the MA Radio Programme and its tutors for all of their guidance and support: ‘It was wonderful to be able to represent Goldsmiths University.’

MA Radio Distinction graduate Jacqueline Shoen (centre) receiving BJTC Best Radio Documentary Award 2015. Marta Malagon (left) receiving short-listed award in this category.

MA Radio Distinction graduate Jacqueline Shoen (centre) receiving BJTC Best Radio Documentary Award 2015. Marta Malagon (left) receiving short-listed award in this category.

Media and Communications single honours 2nd year undergraduate Sera Baker won Best Radio News Feature. ‘Radio Gaga’

Sera said: ‘I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be a student at Goldsmiths.’

She told the BJTC website:

I feel so proud that the first piece of radio I produced for my undergraduate degree has been deemed worthy of a BJTC award. Just being nominated brought me so much excitement and hope for the rest of my course.

Jacqueline was also short-listed for Best Radio News Feature for another documentary feature she made titled: ‘Wrestling The Croc.’

Marta Malagon alumna (MA Radio Distinction last year) was shortlisted for Best Radio Documentary and travelled from Barcelona to attend.

Marta said:

I’ve been very proud to represent Goldsmiths at the BJTC Student Awards. Joining the MA in Radio programme is definitely the best academic decision I have ever made and I’m very happy to be one of its graduates.

Head of Radio at Goldsmiths, Professor Tim Crook said:

They represent the courageous spirit, dignity and humanitarian culture of our journalism and creative programme making and all our radio students.  They are our future. We are very grateful for the affirmation, mentoring and support provided by ITV News and all the other BJTC partners for encouraging and rewarding these talented people so generously.

The students received their awards from senior broadcasting executives working at the BBC, Sky and ITV news.

The awards ceremony was opened by BJTC chief executive Jon Godel.

Judges citations were announced for the short-listed and winning programmes.

 

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