Hot off the Press…the winners!

Date: 14 March 2014

Hot off the Press…the winners!

The story of a light-fingered larcenist hunted down by Segway-mounted pursuers caught competition judges' attention and earned a FASS student a placement on the national Guardian.

Declan Lloyd, who is studying for an MA in Literary Studies, scooped top place in the Hot off the Press contest. He gets to spend a week-long placement with Guardian Northern Editor Helen Pidd.

Third year English Language student Danny Gallagher and second year English Language and Creative Writing student Simon James also scooped week-long placement prizes. Danny will work on the Lancaster Guardian newspaper and Simon will join the University press team.

The contest had an open brief in which entrants, FASS students with a burning desire to pursue a media career, had to come up with a short exclusive story on a topic of their choice demonstrating research, reporting and writing skills.

The competition followed hot on the heels of a journalism and communications workshop on campus in January when speakers included:

· Former Deputy Editor of The Guardian and Emeritus Professor of Journalism at Sheffield University Peter Cole

· Editor of Lancaster and Morecambe Newspapers Group Nicola Adam

· Acting Head of Communications at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and BBC Radio Lancashire football commentator Derek Quinn

The workshop and competition were organised by Lancaster University Press Officer Anne Rothwell and FASS Placements Officer Kate Dunbaven.

Judge and former newspaper editor Anne Rothwell said: "The judges were charmed by Declan's amusing and exciting news story, complete with photos, about a thief being caught by a pair of Segway instructors who gave chase on their machines to nab the light-fingered larcenist. It was well researched and well presented.

"We also felt Danny Gallagher's business news story about a local hairdressing entrepreneur and Simon James's feature on a new Lancaster 'walk' being included in the Royal Geographical Society's Discovering Britain guide were thoroughly investigated, carefully constructed and meticulously written."

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Further information

Associated departments and research centres: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, FASS Enterprise Centre