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UCLan graduate is Reporter of the Year

06 December 2012

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Journalist Hannah meets hero Parky at award ceremony

A former University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) student met one of her journalism heroes when she was named as Reporter of the Year.

Journalism graduate Hannah Upton received the award from veteran journalist and broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson whose career spans more than 60 years.

She said: “Receiving the award from Parky was very special. It was also great to hear all about his early career on the South Yorkshire Times in the 1950s and why, after 60 years in the business, he still thinks it is the best job in the world. I can understand why.”

“Hannah was a very committed and conscientious student and it was clear from the start that she would do well in the industry."

Hannah, who is a staffer with the Westmorland Gazette in Kendal, said she was surprised and delighted by the award.  She joined the paper six months ago and says she is enjoying getting to know an area where she holidayed as a child.

“Hannah was a very committed and conscientious student and it was clear from the start that she would do well in the industry,” said her former tutor Delwyn Swingewood, course leader for the Postgraduate Newspaper Journalism course at UCLan.

The former student who was awarded a diploma with merit by UCLan was among several young reporters and photographers to be presented with awards by Sir Michael on behalf of the National Council for the Training of Journalists at Nottingham Trent University.