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Work of university students recognised at awards ceremony

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

  • All the award winners, along with West Briton editor Jacqui Walls, at the Falitzers Awards presentation and dinner, which was held at the Falmouth Hotel.

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JOURNALISM students from Falmouth University were celebrating at an inaugural award ceremony.

The 'Falitzers' recognises the achievements of students studying the bachelor's degree.

Third-year student Hazel Murray, who scooped the Student Journalist of the Year award, and was given £100 and a work placement at a national magazine, said: "Working on such a big magazine will be a brilliant eye-opener and a great addition to my CV, as I've already begun the application process for internships when I leave.

"The award was a real achievement for me and I couldn't be more thrilled."

Hazel entered several stories including a news story about the privatisation of student loans, a feature about the Movember fundraising event and an interview with musician Frank Turner.

Mature student Mark Hardaker, who took home the prize for the Best News Story, returned to education aged 39 leaving a lucrative career in the Midlands to pursue his lifelong ambition in journalism.

He said: "I have only been at the university for five months and in that time we've really been encouraged to work hard, and winning this award is the result of it.

"I received £100 plus a week's work placement after winning Best News Story for my article on dental waiting lists in Cornwall, which was published in the West Briton and Cornish Guardian."

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