Bruna Tomsic was selected as The NeneQuirer’s Student Journalist of the Year from the University of Northampton’s 2018 leavers.
She received the £200 prize from NQ Editor Steve Scoles after her graduation ceremony at Royal & Derngate Theatre.
Steve Scoles said: “It’s a privilege to see these students get their reward for three years of hard work. The atmosphere at the arts faculty ceremony I attended to watch the journalism students graduate was superb. It’s a unique mix of academic pageantry and youthful exuberance.
“I’ve met Bruna a few times during her time as a student journalist in Northampton and she always struck me as one of those people who would find a way to make it. When the journalism department recommended her for the NQ award I had no hesitation.”
Multi-media Journalism course leader at UoN Hilary Scott said: “We had some great students this year. It was a tough choice. Bruna’s work was of consistently high quality. She has a natural curiosity and sense of justice. Her excellent final documentary project on male breast cancer included an interview with Lord Michael Howard who lost his father to the disease. She is incredibly determined.
“She is from Zagreb in Croatia but speaks perfect English, so everything she has achieved has been in a second language. She put time into Changemakers, ran the student website and was an all round asset to university life. She will be a catch for a any employer who takes her on.”
BBC Sports Editor Dan Roan received an honorary degree and UoN Chancellor the Rev Richard Coles rounded the ceremony off by addressing the students.