Journalism student shortlisted for Guardian broadcast award

03 October 2013

Callum Baird

Callum Baird

A Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) student has been shortlisted for a prestigious journalism award.

Callum Baird has been nominated for Student Broadcast Journalist of the Year at The Guardian Student Media Awards 2013 for his Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards video, which focused on aspiring paralympian athlete Taylor Jones.

“I really didn’t expect to have been nominated,” said Callum. “I knew there would be a lot of strong entries from universities in England but I just entered it on the off-chance.”

More than 800 applicants – a new record – entered the 35th Guardian Student Media Awards. The submissions were judged by leading industry figures, including Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of The Guardian.

Callum, who is set to graduate in November with an MA Multimedia Journalism, is now working as a sub editor and sports reporter at The Herald. He believes that the knowledge and practical experience gained during his studies at GCU have been invaluable.

He said: “The journalism lecturers at GCU are great – not only do they provide you with the basic skillset to make good videos, they go above and beyond to help you out. The nomination will be good for my CV and might get my name out there on a national level.”

Claire Dean, Programme Leader of the MA Multimedia Journalism, said: “This is a great achievement for Callum, who is a very talented young journalist. From the beginning, Callum showed he had a real flair for broadcast journalism, using creative visuals to great effect and engaging audiences with great human interest stories. He has a very bright and promising career ahead of him.”

The Guardian Student Media Awards will take place at a ceremony in London on 27 November.

Callum's video featuring aspiring paralympian athlete Taylor Jones can be viewed below.