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Portsmouth journalism graduate nominated for national award

Published: Thursday, 26 November 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A journalism graduate is in the running for an exciting award for a series of articles covering food poverty. Stephanie Hunter has been shortlisted for the Guardian Student Media Awards in the Student Feature Writer of the Year category.

Having recently graduated from the University of Portsmouth with an honours degree in journalism and Media Studies this year, she has now gone on to bigger and better things and is said to be delighted with the nomination. 

“I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet but I’m looking forward to going to the ceremony” explained 26-year-old Ms Hunter. 

Her first feature revealed more about the company ‘FoodCycle’, a community project at Portsmouth’s John Pounds Centre. Ms Hunter spent an entire evening sourcing content for her story through interviewing a series of volunteers and guests taking part in the initiative.

Her next article was a story on the Portsmouth Food Bank, which is based at King’s Church Hall, Southsea. She interviewed the manager, as well as the many obliging volunteers and those that gain from the generous food donations.

For her third feature, Stephanie chose to cover an article on freeganism – the activity of salvaging food disregarded by supermarkets and smaller shops – while her fourth piece investigated the legislations surrounding food poverty today.

Mary Williams, Portsmouth University’s principal lecturer in Journalism has said the nomination is great news.

She said the features were all “thoroughly researched and brilliantly written” and added that she is “not surprised” to see Ms Hunter nominated for the awards.

If she is victorious and wins the award, Ms Hunter will be granted a two-week work experience placement at the Guardian headquarters – something all budding writers will be envious of!

The awards ceremony takes place on 1 December 2015.

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