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Director praises achievements of former students

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LCJ director John Dilley is delighted at a string of successes recorded by former post graduate journalism students.

Some have been recognised by their peers in national awards and others have won blue chip jobs in a wide variety of media fields.


“It’s fantastic to keep in touch with our former students and help them with advice and references, sometimes years after they left us,” said John.

“Many of them also come back and talk to current students and pass on the lessons they have learned in various newspapers, magazines and press offices around the country.”

Kurt Moroz, 27, completed the course in 2009 and went straight to work in the communications team at Blaby District Council but has now has landed a job as press officer at the Ministry of Justice.

He said: “I’m thrilled to have been given this fantastic opportunity and look forward to the challenge ahead.

“I still use many of the skills I learned while studying at DMU on a daily basis and I’m sure they will serve me well in my new role and for the rest of my career.”

Carl Jackson, who graduated last year, has seen his persistence pay off with a job at the Redditch Standard. He said: “I originally got pipped to a job there by someone who had worked at the BBC and Sky. However, since then I have had a good placement there and built a good relationship with the editor – and hey presto I’ve now been offered a position.”

Spanish student Thais Prvez has been working in her home country since leaving the post grad course three years ago but now she is back in Leicester and has a job at the city’s newest lifestyle magazine Pukkar. “I want to thank you for all your support,” she said.

Two former LCJ journalism post grads have been shortlisted in the Society of Editors’ Regional Press Awards.

Robin Johnson, now at the Derby Evening Telegraph, has reached the final five in the business and financial journalist of the year category while Adam Wakelin, of the Leicester Mercury, is in the running for the top feature writers’ accolade.

Robin graduated from the PGDip in Journalism in 1997 and Adam a year later. 

MA course leader Ali Haynes said: “Our graduates have consistently had tremendous success in a wide range of regional and national journalism awards.

“These awards are fiercely contested so that’s a substantial achievement for a relatively small course. Being shortlisted is an achievement in itself, but I hope Robin and Adam join the many others who’ve gone on to win titles.”

And a prestigious digital journalism accolade has been won by an LCJ postgraduate journalism graduate.

Stephen Emerson, who graduated in 2005, was given the runner up award in the Website of the Year category for his The Scotsman website in the Scottish Press Awards.

After beginning his career at the Teesside Mercury, Stephen worked at the Derry Journal before moving to The Scotsman.

“Stephen has only been digital editor for a few months so scooping the runner-up spot in the face of stiff competition was a real achievement,” said MA Journalism course leader Ali Haynes.

“We have been at the forefront of equipping students with digital skills and that is really paying off as our graduates continue to make a significant mark on this sector of the industry.”





Posted on Thursday 1st August 2013

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