GCU journalism graduates shortlisted for Scottish Press Awards

14 March 2013

Paul John Coulter

Paul John Coulter

Two Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) alumni are in the running for Young Journalist of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards.

Scottish Sun reporter Niamh Anderson, who graduated with a Masters in Multimedia Journalism in 2011, and Greenock Telegraph reporter Paul John Coulter, who graduated in the same year with a BA(Hons) Journalism, have been shortlisted in the hotly-contested category.

The winners will be announced on April 18th at the 34th Scottish Press Awards ceremony.

Niamh, 24, who lives in Glasgow, said: “I’ve covered really exciting stories this year and I think that worked in my favour. I'm looking forward to the night and I am keeping my fingers crossed. Even if I don't win, it will look great on my CV.

“GCU prepared me well for the world of journalism. All of the lecturers are respected journalists who between them have years of experience in the industry. Every aspect of journalism was covered, including digital, radio, TV and print. The lecturers prepared us for the reality of job seeking while encouraging us to do our best.”

Paul John, from Port Glasgow, said: “It’s an achievement just to be shortlisted, especially after the organisers said there had been a huge surge of entries for this year’s competition. I’ve managed to make the final five in a very tough category which includes journalists from national and regional newspapers as well as a respected political magazine.”

The 23-year-old credits the expertise and facilities at GCU for giving him such a great start to his career.

Paul John said: “The practical side of the course was fantastic – it was my favourite part. That whetted my appetite to get into a newsroom and get started, to begin making an impression, make in-roads and, of course, to build up contacts. I went on my first placement after my first year at GCU and I never looked back. I worked at regional, daily and national newspapers as well as high-profile radio stations.

“GCU’s journalism tutors have a wealth of talent across all media platforms and they know just about all there is to know about the industry. GCU also has wonderful facilities, including HD TV and radio studios plus a fully-functioning newsroom. Students are also taught shorthand, which is such a vital tool for any journalist even in the midst of all kinds of technology.”

Julian Calvert, senior lecturer in journalism at GCU, said: “These are just the latest honours for our alumni and students, and it’s great to see Niamh and Paul John’s success so soon after graduating.

“GCU is unique in Scotland in that both our undergraduate and postgraduate courses have twin accreditation from the NCTJ and BJTC, which means our students have the multimedia skills to success on the national stage.”