Student Journalist

Awarded to an individual or group of students who have developed print, broadcast or online material for university or college media targeted at students, or for a piece of journalism completed as part of a university course.

Winner

Hannah Currie

We Are All Here, The Forest of Black

Lumo, 21-year-old Glaswegian rapper, took his own life in September 2017. The film comprises video diaries taken by Lumo before his death, his song lyrics and intimate interviews with his family and friends. Hannah produced We Are All Here as part of her masters degree at Goldsmiths University London to highlight the male mental health crisis in Scotland.  

Shortlisted entries

Fred Fyles

Under Pressure: Student Counselling

Access to counselling services has been a major concern for students at Imperial College London for a number of years. Fred’s investigation looks into the scope of the problem, the reasons behind the long waiting times (up to seven weeks), and the impact it has on students and staff. The story shows a real demand for the service to receive more funding.

 

James Heale

The Tab Bristol

With 11 student suicides in 20 months there’s a growing belief the university’s approach to supporting the mental health of their students is not working. James, Editor of The Tab Bristol, holds the university accountable for proposed changes to pastoral care in halls – getting rid of wardens, who are the first port of call for students – to save £800,000. His work has challenged the perception of how mental healthcare can be handled institutionally.

Jen Thomas

When the Music Stops

Following the tragic deaths of Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell, Jen produced When the Music Stops – a radio documentary focusing on male musicians and their mental health. Interviews were conducted over six months with musicians and broadcasters about their experiences with depression, anxiety and other issues, including well known front men Rou Reynolds (Enter Shikari) and Jaret Reddick (Bowling for Soup).

Laura Woodroffe

Under Siege: Parent Carers and the Battle for Mental Wellbeing

At a time when the number of unpaid carers in the UK is rising sharply, this interactive digital feature article looks at a specific group – parents of children with additional needs. It explores the impact of caring on their mental health and the lack of access to support.

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