A third year De Montfort University student has been presented with a prestigious, national award for motoring journalism.
Andrew Brady, who studies DMU’s NCTJ-accredited BA Journalism, won the Sir William Lyons award – which is sponsored by Jaguar – after writing two pieces of motoring journalism that caught the eye of judges from the industry.
Andrew said: “I'm over the moon to have won this. I'll soon be job hunting in a very competitive industry and this couldn't have come at a better time to give me a huge boost and hopefully help me get that dream job in motoring journalism.”
To enter the award Andrew wrote a 500 word overview on someone who has had a strong influence on the motoring industry and a 1,000 word feature from a list of possible topics. He wrote about Jaguar design director Ian Callum and ‘what makes a car iconic’.
The award was set up in 1966 by Sir William Lyons, a founder of Jaguar cars, in a bid to encourage young people to write about the motoring industry. The prize includes membership of the Guild of Motoring Writers for two years, as well as a hand-crafted trophy and a cheque for £2,000.
After being shortlisted for the award, Andrew visited the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London, for an interview with a panel of people from the industry including editors, public relations officers and the grandson of Sir William Lyons.
He added: “They asked me a lot about my course. I emphasised the NCTJ exams I've passed and told them it had given me a really good grounding in journalism that I'd like to transfer into motoring journalism.”
During his three years at De Montfort University, Andrew has completed several work experience placements at a mixture of magazines and local newspapers.
BA Journalism programme leader Tor Clark said: “This prestigious award is no more than Andrew deserves for his hard work and dedication. Right from his interview for a place on our course he was determined to carve out a career in motoring journalism and I hope this superb award is a major step forward for him towards that goal. He is a credit to the course and the university.”
Posted on Thursday 1st August 2013