The Media Society Awards Four Prizes at London Voices 2018 Competition

The Media Society is delighted to have sponsored four winners in this year's London Voices Awards, an initiative designed to recognised upcoming citizen journalists.

Those who scooped the prizes included two students producing a documentary about licensing laws, a historical feature on the bombing Highbury Corner in the Second World War, and an investigation into underhand parking fines.

Patrick Barrow, a Media Society Council Member and a judge for the awards, said: "It's been great to hear so many different voices reflecting how much London has changed - and stayed the same."

'Many of the Entries Were Thoughtful and Illuminating Accounts'

"Many of the entries were thoughtful and illuminating accounts of life in the capital from many viewpoints and judging them was a reward and enjoyable experience," he continued.

It's been great to hear so many different voices reflecting how much London has changed – and stayed the same.

Luke Chillingsworth and Thomas Mackie (pictured in featured image) won joint Best Young Journalist Award for their video about the Shoreditch licensing laws, an issue which would affect all local bars and clubs, and was not being covered by the local press at the time. The City University students hope to work in presenting and broadcasting in the future.

Torbjoern Joerstad, also from City, scooped Second Prize Best Young Journalist Award, with a piece looking at the destruction wrought at Highbury Corner by a doodlebug bomb, creating so much damage that the area was later cleared to make place for a roundabout.

'More Say in Local Issues'

Taiwo Salami was the winner of Best Beginner, who entered after attending a London Voices workshop run by sponsor Journo Resources.

The Health Care Support Worker is currently studying GCSE English at London South East Colleges in Bromley, and hopes to continue writing to help Londoner's have a say in local issues.

 Competition manager Amanda Pavon-Lopez said: "The competition was hard-fought and it was an incredibly tough job for the judges to choose winners.  

"This just goes to show what an amazing wealth of talent there is out there in London, and how journalism is still very much alive and relevant for today’s young people.  The winners all submitted interesting and well-researched pieces in a huge variety of formats. It’s been a real privilege to see the response to the competition.”


To see details of the other winners, visit the London Voices website. 

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