CNM Media Writing Students take All Three Top positions at the Future News Competition

What a way to kick off the term!

Three of our students from NM3211 (News Reporting and Editing) won all of the Top 3 places in an international competition for aspiring journalists “Future News Competition” and will be headed for a three-day, fully-paid journalism conference in Edinburgh in September. There, they will meet leading journalists and learn more about multi-media reporting and editing. To win all three top positions at a global journalism competition is unprecedented.

We are grateful to attract to CNM faculty members such as Ms. Ee Lyn Tan, an award winning journalist covering the health beat who joined us after having worked  at Reuters. In 2009, she received an Asia Human Rights Press Award for an article on maternal mortality in Afghanistan, and her students reflect Ee Lyn’s high calibre work in journalism. The work of the students can be accessed at the publication attached to the Module “Campus Eye.” The link to Campus Eye is here: Congrats Ee Lyn!

Here is some details about the Future News Competition from their media statement:

“Inspiring the next generation of global citizens – Future NEWS 2015 aims to inspire talented young people with media ambitions to become journalists with a passion for freedom of the press and a belief in media integrity.

It will expose over 100 undergraduates aged 18 to 25 to leading international media figures in areas from editorial management to news, sports and business reporting and give them hands-on practice in everything from video to writing and social media.

The delegates are from 20 countries with varying levels of media sophistication and editorial balance. Given the rigorous selection process, many can be expected to become the editors and opinion formers of the future in their countries with an understanding of ethical standards and an appreciation of and affection for British values. These participants’ mere attendance will bring extensive coverage in local media.”

The event in the Scottish Parliament building on September 4-6 is unique in the international media calendar. It will help secure Britain around the world as a centre of excellence in media values and training.

Future NEWS 2015 is supported by the British Council, international media company Reuters, the main British university journalism schools along with a large partnership of international and British media organisations.

The conference is organised by the Scottish Government, the British Council and Reuters. It is backed by the following media companies – Herald &Times Group, Newsquest Media Group, Tinopolis

Interactive, Reuters, STV, DC Thomson and CNN – as well as the following Schools of Journalism  – Cardiff University, City University, Glasgow Caledonian University, Queen Margaret University, Strathclyde University, Napier University, Bournemouth University.

Of these three students, two – Desmond Koh and Celine Leong – are NM majors and one – Chng Yan – is from law. In fact, you can see their work on Campus Eye.

I am thrilled beyond words because they didn’t just win, but they scooped the top three places.

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