Journalism award for LJMU graduate

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Eleanor Davies with her certificate at the BJTC 2016 Awards Pic © Eleanor Davies

Eleanor Davies with her certificate at the BJTC 2016 Awards. Pic © Eleanor Davies

One of the country’s best newly-graduated student journalists celebrated after picking up a prestigious award last night.

Eleanor Davies, a graduate from Liverpool John Moores University, won ‘Best TV News Feature’ for her mini-documentary ‘Age – No Barrier to Exercise’ at the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) Student Journalism Awards, held at ITV London Southbank.

The documentary, produced in Eleanor’s final year of university, looked at exercise in the older generation and whether it is done for enjoyment or health benefits.

The former television journalism student chose the topic after noticing a 90-year-old man who lived on her road who ran marathons as well as running an impressive 75 miles a week. Hoping for other senior citizens to take part in similar sporting activities, she put a post out on Facebook asking for anybody that could get involved.

She told JMU Journalism: “I saw my name was under Best TV Feature and I was quite proud actually because there’s so many people who had been nominated but I didn’t expect to be.”

YouTube: Eleanor Davies

As she reflected on her time at LJMU, she added: “My highlight at LJMU was the news days. I really enjoyed them because I think there was only six of us on the TV team, so we were all really close.

“And even now when I see the tweets from JMU Journalism I really miss them, I enjoyed it so much. Now when I’m trying to get a job I wish I was back at uni.”

After her success she was given a BJTC certificate for her achievement: “It’s good because you can put it on your CV and it’s an accredited award by the BJTC so any employers looking will know that you’ve put a lot of hard work into it and that it’s been recognised, so it’ll be good for future careers.”

Since graduating, Eleanor has been working as a freelance journalist at Lime Pictures in Liverpool doing production running, where she hopes to gain more experience.

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