National success for GCU journalism graduate

15 May 2017

National success for GCU journalism graduate

A Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) graduate has been named the best young journalist in Scotland.

Courtney Cameron, who studied on GCU’s BA Multimedia Journalism programme, was awarded young Journalist of the Year at the prestigious Scottish Press Awards on Thursday, 11 May.

“I’m shocked to have won,” says Courtney. “I would never have dreamed of this, especially since I graduated just three years ago.

“I was humbled just to have been shortlisted, given the standard of the competition, and I couldn’t believe it when my name was announced.

“I hope the award can help me in my career going forward.”

The 24 year old, who works across the Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News, was recognised for a range of exclusive stories, none more so than her scoop about Her Majesty the Queen dining out in Edinburgh’s Sheep Heid Inn.

“I thought it was a wind-up at first but it might be a good story so I headed down as fast as I could,” she says. “I caught a member of staff who told me what she’d had to eat and drink.”

Courtney believes the skills she learned during her four years at GCU gave her everything she needed to thrive in the industry.

“I wanted to be a journalist from a young age and the BA Multimedia Journalism programme was the perfect springboard,” she says. “I learned how to write news stories, how to use shorthand – I wouldn’t have got anywhere without it – and I was taught about television and radio.

“The lecturers couldn’t have done more to help me. I got a job with the Central Scotland News, an agency in Stirling, two months before graduating, so I was juggling working and studying, but everyone was so supportive.

“It gave me everything I needed.”

Ken Garner, Programme Leader of the BA Multimedia Journalism, said: “We’re delighted for Courtney’s success, especially at such an early stage of her career. This is testament to her hard work and the hard work of everyone on the Multimedia Journalism programme.”