Third year Single Honours student Natalie Robinson was this year’s winner of the Leicester Mercury District Reporter Award.
Natalie received a certificate and £100 cheque from Mercury editor Richard Bettsworth at a special presentation following his lecture to other LCJ journalism students.
Natalie said: “To be recognised by experienced journalists who have been in the profession for many years makes me feel very happy indeed.”
Natalie along with other Single Honours students has spent the year finding her own real-world stories from around Leicester and producing them on paper and online.
LCJ director John Dilley said: “Natalie is quiet and determined and has star quality written all over her. She works hard and always goes the extra mile. She has a great future ahead of her.”
John added: “There was so much good work to choose from – it was a real joy to go through the hundreds of stories the students have brought in over the course: great tales of human interest that adhere to those old fashioned values of getting out there, getting to know people, making contacts and then writing accurate well balanced, engaging stories that reflect what’s going on in a particular community.”
Also shortlisted were Dan Gooding, Nichola Munro, Charlotte Marsh and Rebecca Smith-Dawkins – they all received certificates from Richard.
Pictured is Natalie (centre) with Mecury editor Richard Bettsworth and the other Award nominees.
Posted on Thursday 1st August 2013