Ricki Dewsbury wins top award at Student Journalism Awards

Ricki Dewsbury of the University of Central Lancashire was named the Student Journalist of the Year at today's Press Gazette Student Journalism Awards.

Dewsbury earlier collected both the Scoop of the Year and the News Writer of the Year awards at a ceremony at Haberdashers Hall in London.

Dewsbury took the Scoop of the Year Award for an investigation, published in UClan student newspaper Pluto, which exposed a student involved in selling plagiarised essays to other students at several universities.

"We will hear a lot more about this journalist," predicted the judges when awarding him the News Writer of the Year award.

Natalie Whelan of Leeds University, winner of the Student Editor of the Year Award, was highly commended for the top award.

The judges commended her news report about a student party that turned into a riot involving police baton charges.

"Natalie did an excellent job interviewing the people involved, interspersed with digital camera footage of the riot," the judges said.

Six of the 11 awards went to entries from Preston-based UCLan, including Team of the Year for Homefront, a magazine which "hits spot-on the market it is supposed to be aiming for", the judges said.

The full list of winners:

Student Photographer of the Year
Ian Chapman
Norton College, Sheffield

Student Radio Journalist of the Year
Thomas Clarke
University of Central Lancashire

Student Television Journalist of the Year
David Reed
Nottingham Trent University

Student Feature Writer of the Year
Gwyn Roberts
Goldsmiths, University of London

Student Scoop of the Year
Ricki Dewsbury
University of Central Lancashire

Student Editor of the Year
Natalie Whelan
Leeds University

Student News Writer of the Year
Ricki Dewsbury
University of Central Lancashire

Student Team of the Year
Homefront
University of Central Lancashire

Student Interviewer of the Year
Rhoda Buchanan
Sheffield University

Student Multimedia Journalist of the Year
Frida Larsson
University of Central Lancashire

Student Journalist of the Year
Ricki Dewsbury
University of Central Lancashire

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