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York undergraduate wins BBC Radio 4’s Student Journalist of the Year

Posted on 30 October 2019

A University of York student has been named Student Journalist of the year 2019 at the Today Programme Student Journalism Awards.

Hamzah Abbas is a third-year student in the Department of English and Related Literature and editor of student news site The York Tab.

The award is given to a student journalist who has demonstrated their ability to serve the needs and interests of a student audience while adhering to values of impartiality and trustworthiness.

By winning the award, Hamzah has earned a place on the BBC News Journalism Trainee Scheme – a 10-month training scheme designed to equip journalists at the beginning of their career with the skills they will need to succeed.

Hamzah said: "I'm delighted to have won the BBC's student journalist of the year award, it's proof that my hard work has paid off while I've been writing for The Tab. It's such an amazing start to a future career in journalism once I graduate from the university.”

The competition was judged by Sarah Sands, Editor of the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4; Kamal Ahmed, Economics Editor at the BBC; Katie Lloyd, Development Director, BBC News & Current Affairs; and Daniell Morrisey, Head of the BBC’s journalism and production trainee and apprenticeship programmes.

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