National broadcasting award for Goldsmiths graduate

Sean Mullervy collecting his prize at Coventry Universtiy Pic: Graham Hardwood

Sean Mullervy collecting his prize at Coventry Universtiy Pic: Graham Hardwood

A Goldsmiths University graduate was celebrated at the Broadcast Journalism Training Council Awards last night.

Sean Mullervy, 27, MA Radio student 2012-13, was presented with Best Radio News Feature at the national awards held at Coventry University for his investigative feature, “Ziggurat”.

The piece explored the reappearance of an ancient Mesopamian building style which is being repeated in modern designs, was rewarded for its “great script”, “beautiful editing and construction” and for being “fantastically visual for a piece of radio”.

Speaking in reaction to his award, the former EastLondonLines reporter said: “It is nice to have your efforts recognised, often as a student you wonder whether your work is good enough or to a professional standard, an award validates that.’

He added: “It was such a surprise that I actually missed the first presentation of the prize. So I had to pick it up later.”

This is the second year running, that an MA Radio Goldsmiths student has taken the top prize in this category, after George Drake Junior won the award last year.

Tim Crook, who was Mullervy’s tutor on the Radio MA last year and entered the piece for the competition, said that he was “delighted, and enormously impressed” that Mullervy won the award.

He said: “Sean is an gentle and intelligent broadcaster and it could not have happened to a nicer guy.”

He added, “It says a lot about the course and says a lot about Goldsmiths. It is a tribute to the fact that we do reflective, ethical, creative journalism, in-depth.”

Natalie Fenton, joint head of Media and Communications Department at Goldsmiths said: “This prize is yet another example of the top class work that Goldsmiths students create – work that is consistently recognised in national and international awards. Another great achievement from another great student.”


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