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Joseph Stashko

Jo Stashko

UCLan BA(Hons) Journalism student Joseph won a prestigious Guardian Student Media Award whilst in his third year of the course.

Joseph has been editing the hyperlocal news website Blog Preston since 2010. He was commended by the judges for breaking local news as well as using social media to cover national stories like the London riots.

Joseph said of the award: “The Guardian Student Media Awards are the only consistently prestigious student media awards so it's really nice to be recognised in some way.

“I was quite surprised that I won but it's really great both from a career point of view and also just good to get some positive feedback on the work you've been doing. I feel really good, and I'm really honoured and happy with the award.”

Asked how his course has helped him develop, Joseph said: "I guess the fact that I've been focused on journalism for three years really helps from the perspective of being able to streamline your efforts."