Two students were the recipients of special awards on
graduation day for their high performance during the third
year of their course.
JMU Journalism’s Website Producer Hugh O’Connell and
Sports Editor Luke Johnson each received a prize after the
Hugh was given the Neil Warburton award for achieving the
highest overall grade across the three years. This prize was
established in 2000 in memory of a student who passed away
whilst studying on the course. A £100 bursary is provided by
the Warburton family.
Hugh said: “Thank you very much for this and thanks to Neil
Warburton’s parents. I’ve had an amazing three years - I
couldn’t have done it without all of you people here and of
course my mum Bernie, my dad Fergus and my sister Ferga.”
Luke Johnson received the Margaret Fairclough prize, which is
awarded for high standards of sub-editing during final project.
He said: “It was entirely based on my final project, the
magazine I did on alternative sports. I kind of went overboard,
it was a 16 page minimum and I ended up doing 100!”
A £250 bursary is provided by Lynne Beardwood, who donates
four such amounts to students at the university.
Other extra award-winners on the day included Danny Masters
and Amy Swift, who were acknowledged for completing 100 words-per-minute NCTJ shorthand, a notoriously difficult exam to pass.
Chloe Garfoot was also recognised for undertaking the best research project for her dissertation, which studied the Night Crime Unit of Merseyside Police.
By Chris Shaw, Website Editor
Professor Chris Frost with winners Hugh O'Connell (left) and Chloe Garfoot (right); Luke Johnson (centre)