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Journalism students at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) have won top reporting awards.

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PRIZES: Journalism students show off their certificates for best district reporter competition

Leicester Mercury editor Kevin Booth came to DMU to present the District Reporter of the Year award to third years Jacob Jarvis and Katrina Chilver.

The pair shared the honours in the Mercury-sponsored prize for producing some of the best reports in the space of a year.

The NCTJ-accredited Leicester Centre for Journalism gives students the chance to report on real-life stories on issues affecting people in Leicestershire.

Projects include a new newspaper for the Newfoundpool area as well as regular story and feature challenges set by the lecturing team, many of whom are former editors.

John Dilley, director of the Leicester Centre for Journalism, said: “We had such a good cohort of students this year, we found it difficult to split them. Both Jacob and Katrina have pushed themselves and went the extra mile. Not only have they impressed in the district reporting programme, both have done additional things.

“Jacob has been working with a PR company in Husbands Bosworth and Katrina has been taking on senior roles with student media. They way they have pushed themselves has been impressive.”

Posted on Tuesday 17th February 2015

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