Leading graduate receives Darren Joliny Award for Journalism

28 June 2016

Leading graduate receives Darren Joliny Award for Journalism

Maxine McArthur

Maxine McArthur is celebrating receiving the Darren Joliny Prize having graduated with a BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism degree from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

The annual award for the best undergraduate Multimedia Journalism student is presented in memory of Journalism graduate Darren Joliny, who collapsed and died aged 21 while playing football, shortly after completing his GCU degree.

Darren’s gran Bridie McCann presented the £250 prize to Maxine, who has already secured a new role as a reporter at the Clydebank Post.

“To win this award is amazing in itself given the many talented students this year, and to receive it from Darren’s family makes it even more meaningful,” said the 21-year-old from Priesthill, Glasgow. “It really is overwhelming to be a part of keeping Darren’s memory alive, I’ve heard so much about him during my studies so it’s a real honour to receive this prize.

“I’ve been interested in journalism for as long as I can remember and Glasgow Caledonian University has only furthered my passion for the subject. With their help I managed to land some really amazing placements and worked on some huge stories. I’d love to specialise in political reporting for print, although I’d never pass on following on in some other graduate’s footsteps and nab a TV news presenting spot.”

One such presenter, GCU alumni David Farrell, returned to his alma mater to speak to the graduates and presented awards to Kristina Tamahkyarova (Best Dissertation); Rachel Christina Fullarton (Best Creative & Cultural Business Project Performance) and jointly to Helen Vaupel-Schwittay and Saara Tuusa (Media and Communication Award to best overall Media Student).

Ken Garner, Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the Glasgow School for Business and Society, said: “There have been lots of excellent students this year and so the prize winners are the most outstanding amongst an incredibly talented cohort. This is the fourth year we have awarded the Darren Joliny prize and it is a great way for our graduates to meet his family and to remember his enthusiastic and warm personality.”

The Darren Joliny Prize is supported by the GCU Foundation.