Lincoln university journalism graduates recognised at national awards ceremony

Three University of Lincoln graduates have been recognised at the National Council for the Training of Journalists Awards for Excellence in London.

Aaron Renfree, Emma Calder and Jarrad Johnson were among those recognised at the ceremony, which took place at Hampton Court Palace on Thursday, November 23.

Judges were impressed by hard-hitting journalistic content across a range of areas by the graduates including the BHS pension controversy and arranged marriage.

Aaron with his award.

Aaron won the Student News Journalism Award, while Emma received the Student Features Award.

Jarrad received highly commended for the Student Top Scoop/Exclusive Award.

Aaron Renfree told The Lincolnite: “The education and mentorship I received at the University of Lincoln was the perfect foundation for me to enter into the career I’ve dreamt of for years.

“The expert advice and guidance, spurred me on to create three, very different but engaging pieces of journalism which won me this prestigious national award.

“I still receive support and advice from tutors I now view as friends.”

Deborah Wilson David, Deputy Head for the School of English and Journalism said: “I am delighted that three of our students won awards last night, including two first places.

“Journalism at Lincoln is taught in the context of real world journalism with a digital newsroom culture.

“This is only our second year of entering these awards and I am delighted that the students have done so well.”