RTS award for Class of 2021 graduate Gioia

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Pic © Gioia Dalosso Hemnell, 'A Silent Epidemic'

Pic © Gioia Dalosso Hemnell, ‘A Silent Epidemic’

JMU Journalism Class of 2021 graduate, Gioia Dalosso Hemnell, has won a major award from the Royal Television Society for her exceptional work in her short documentary, undertaken as part of her BA International Journalism degree course.

‘A Silent Epidemic’ was a moving personal search for answers following the death of Gioia’s 62-year old father, Paul Wilcox, from Hepatitis C five years ago.

In the ten-minute video, Gioia, 45, reveals how the easily treatable virus, caused by infected blood, still goes largely undiagnosed. If unchecked, it spreads to the liver with tragic consequences.

She said: “Telling my father’s personal story whilst focusing on Hepatitis C as a major public health matter was a huge responsibility and I felt that the leadership from the team at JMU Journalism allowed me to know how to balance and tell the story factually but in an engaging and meaningful way.”

In a year when the RTS panel noted the “exceptionally high standard of student work”. Gioia’s piece was singled out for a discretionary award for her camera work and production skills.

She said: “Finding out I had won an award with an organisation as prestigious as The Royal Television Society, was incredible. As a mature student juggling my studies whilst being a full time Mum, making my documentary ‘A Silent Epidemic’, took a wealth of discipline and commitment.”

YouTube: Gioia Dalosso Hemnell

The Craft Skill Awards are discretionary honours that the RTS Northwest Chair Cameron Roach – Founder and Executive Producer of Rope Ladder Fiction and previously Director of Drama at Sky TV – wanted to make to commend the efforts that go into making these films.

Speaking at the online award ceremony, he said: “It’s important we celebrate the excellence of individual craft skills as people take a foothold in our industry. We were overwhelmed with the quality and passion that was exhibited in this year’s student entries, it demonstrates strongly that there are terrific, creatively ambitious graduates emerging ready to connect and grow in the sector here in the North West.”

Since graduating, Gioia has been working as an independent film maker and freelance journalist based on the Wirral.

She said: “The course throughout taught me the core principles of the journalistic elements of a factual documentary granting me the skill to make something complex appear simple.

Melissa Edwards with her JMSU Amazing Course Rep award. Pic © JMSU

Melissa Edwards with her JMSU Amazing Course Rep award. Pic © JMSU

“I am absolutely thrilled to have been given such an esteemed award and cannot thank the team at JMU Journalism enough for their guidance throughout the course.”

Elsewhere, our Sports Journalism course was shortlisted for the ‘Amazing Course’ title at the John Moores Student Union Amazing Teaching Awards 2022.

Level 5’s Melissa Edwards was also named as ‘Amazing Course Rep’ for work undertaken on behalf of her peers on the Sports Journalism course.

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