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Thursday 22nd June saw the culmination of the London Learning Consortium/Media Society London Voices competition, when six aspiring citizen journalists received awards at the prestigious London Reform Club.

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President of The Media Society, Richard Peel, presented three top prizes, and three Certificates of Merit awards during the annual Summer Drinks Party. He said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for Londoners who have an ambition to become a journalist to showcase their talent to experienced practitioners.”

Dubbed London Voices, the competition aims to promote emerging journalism talent across the capital and to generate a range of new perspectives and ideas about London. Aspiring citizen journalists submitted articles, videos or photos which debated and challenged the ways people think about their communities. The competition was launched against a background of discussion about the proliferation of ‘fake news’, and is part of an attempt to fight back by encouraging citizens to become part of reporting ‘real’ news about their communities and issues.

Sponsor Stephen Jeffery from the London Learning Consortium said “The more we can encourage local people to get involved with citizen journalism, the better chance we have of reporting events and issues in a fair and balanced way. As CEO of a London training provider, it’s been great to help emerging journalists learn more about how to get their voices heard.”

The Winners with their certificates at the Reform Club
LV 4 Left to right: Stephen Jeffery (CEO of London Learning Consortium); Martin Dignan; Seren Morris; Nikki Mattocks; Giulia Bassenese; Joel Kiffin and Richard Peel (President of The Media Society)

Media Society Judge Patrick Barrow said of the competition in general, “It’s been great to hear so many different voices reflecting how much London has changed – and stayed the same. Many of the entries were thoughtful and illuminating accounts of life in the capital from many viewpoints, and judging them was a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

The London Learning Consortium and The Media Society would like to thank everyone who entered the competition.  There were a large number of very high quality entries, and the judges, Patrick Barrow and Barney Jones, had a tough time choosing the winners.

Read on below to see photos and a short profile of all the winners, along with a chance to have a look at their winning entry

First Prize - Louisa Naks

Second Prize - Giulia Bassanese

Third Prize - Seren Morris

Certificate of Merit - Joel Kiffin, Nikki Mattocks and Martin Dignan
Highly Commended - Abbie Richards, Mohammed Hasan, Ellie Rae Ward, Valerio Esposito, Leslie Larcher-Haywood, Nicolo Gervasi, and Naomi Smith.

London Voices competition winners celebrate at The Media Society Summer Drinks Party 2017 held at the Reform Club, Pall Mall