A former Anglia Ruskin University student has won an annual £1,000 award for young journalists presented by The Independent newspaper.
Brendan Sharp is this year's winner of the Wyn Harness Prize for an article on the problems associated with self-service checkouts – based on his own experience working in a supermarket during his studies.
He said: “To win such a prestigious prize is amazing and it was a fabulous experience going to The Independent’s headquarters and meeting the editor. To see my article in print in a national newspaper is what every aspiring journalist dreams of, and I hope that this can act as a springboard for my future career.”
Independent editor Amol Rajan said: “Brendan Sharp’s article was notable for two reasons: clarity of argument and aptness of subject. The threat to manual workers from automation is a challenge facing all advanced societies.
He addresses it in a compassionate and cogent way, and looks destined for a long and glorious career in journalism.”
The Wyn Harness Prize was established in honour of the former assistant editor of The Independent, who died of a brain tumour at the age of 47.