GCU graduate celebrates prestigious videojournalism award win

10 February 2014

GCU graduate celebrates prestigious videojournalism award win

Calum Leslie

A Glasgow Caledonian University journalism graduate has been awarded a prestigious industry honour.

Calum Leslie, who graduated from the MA Multimedia Journalism course, won the Mustard TV award after gaining the highest marks in the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism videojournalism for online module. He follows fellow GCU graduate Kenny Crawford, the 2013 winner.

The 23-year-old was presented with his award by Archant London editorial director Laura Adams at the NCTJ Student Council at Pearson in London last week.

He said: “I’m delighted to have won the award. It’s recognition of all the hard work from last year. All of the students put a lot of work into making sure we were prepared for the exam, and it’s testament to the hard work of the department and the staff at GCU who got us ready for it.

“Employers are looking for evidence that not only can you do things like TV and radio packages and write for print and online, but you can do it under pressure and in timed environments in the workplace. If you can do it in an exam, it shows employers you can do it in the workplace too.”

During the completion of his Masters portfolio, Calum worked with Central FM. Since graduating, he has joined BBC Scotland as part of its referendum unit, as well as working across their news and current affairs programmes.

Claire Dean, Programme Leader of the MA in Multimedia Journalism, said: “We are absolutely delighted and proud of Calum's achievement. He worked incredibly hard throughout his Masters year at GCU to learn all the multimedia skills a journalist needs in this digital age, especially working cross platform in video journalism for online.

“The NCTJ exams are a very important part of the Masters programme as they greatly enhance graduates' employment prospects. Calum is now part of the BBC Scotland's new dynamic team of journalists in the referendum unit – a very exciting start to what I know will be a very bright career.

“At GCU, we’re are always nurturing talent and preparing students for working in the industry and to win the award for the second year in a row is a fantastic accomplishment.”