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Recognition for new journalist

06 November 2012

Press Office

Recent graduate makes shortlist for national award

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) graduate has been shortlisted for a national journalism award.

Kevin Rawlinson, who joined The Independent after completing UCLan’s postgraduate newspaper journalism, is a finalist in the Press Gazette British Journalism awards.

“It’s an honour to be among the finalists and to be in such a strong field. That strength means that I can only hope for a win, but that is in the judges’ hands. Either way, it would have been impossible to get even this far without the help of the people at UCLan,” he said.

“It’s an honour to be among the finalists and to be in such a strong field”


Kevin, who is in the ‘new journalist’ category, is competing against two other young colleagues from The Independent.  Paying tribute to his paper he said: “In my experience, from editor downwards, the paper supports and encourages young journalists.”

Since joining The Independent he has specialised in technology and social media. His hard news work has included last summer’s Enfield riots where he reported on vigilante groups and the reaction of politicians such as Mayor of London Boris Johnson during the ensuing clean-up.

“It’s a tribute to Kevin’s talent and determination that he’s been shortlisted”


“It’s a tribute to Kevin’s talent and determination that he’s been shortlisted and all his tutors wish him the best of luck,” said Delwyn Swingewood, Course Leader MA/PGDip Newspaper Journalism. 

Press Gazette Editor Dominic Ponsford added: “These shortlists should make anyone who characterises journalists as gutter hacks eat their words.”

The awards will be in London on 4 December.