Kat Williams and Ban Barkawi, MA Multimedia Broadcast Journalism graduates, have wowed judges at the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) Awards winning the Steve Harris Award for Student Journalist of the Year and the TV Documentary Award.
Held at the Guildhall in Coventry on Wednesday 27 November and compèred by BBC Political Correspondent Chris Mason, the awards celebrate outstanding student broadcast journalism.
Kat, named overall Student Journalist of the Year, excelled with her documentary Without A Diagnosis. Judges commended her interviews which reveal the difficulties faced by families coping with an undiagnosed genetic condition in their child.
Kat, overwhelmed at winning the award, said: "It means everything, not just to me but to all those involved in the documentary. The fact that more people will get to see it and that with this awareness will spread – it's brilliant."
Meanwhile Ban impressed judges with Refugees in Business. Recipient of the TV Documentary title, her piece examines the livelihood of the 1.8 million displaced Syrian refugees inside the Zaatari camp in Jordan, querying the duration of their refugee status.
Rob Kirk, Editorial Development Manager for Sky News and category judge, described the piece as "exceptionally accomplished". He added, "Full marks to Ban for recognising its potential and producing such a professional product. It is engaging and informative, with excellent contributions from refugees and aid workers. Genuinely revelatory, extremely moving and – I would suggest – broadcast quality."
The BJTC is the leading broadcast journalism accreditation body in the UK. It enjoys partnerships with national multimedia broadcast institutions including BBC, ITN, BskyB, Channel 4, Associated Press and Thomson Reuters.