Nottingham Trent University student wins journalism award

Nottingham Trent University student wins journalism award

 November 08, 2018

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Eve Smallman is a Journalism student at Nottingham Trent University and the Editor-in-chief of Nottingham Trent Student Union's Platform Magazine. Not only was Eve instrumental in bringing the publication back into print, but she has been honored with received an award for Outstanding Commitment at the Student Publication Awards 2018 in Cardiff.

“The win was such an amazing feeling – I was happy crying all the way up to the stage! Work experience employers do always pick up on it, as it shows that I’m hard-working and driven," said Eve.

Bringing the magazine back to life

Student magazine Platform had been out of print for many years until Eve took it over because she believed there was a missed opportunity for a popular student publication. Since Platform's regeneration, the magazine now has over 80 members and has published four print editions. Thanks to Eve's commitment and hard work, the society is still flourishing.

Making big changes

Jack Austin, Head of Marketing for Platform, nominated Eve for the award after realising her hard work towards reestablishing the magazine. Everything was changed to bring Platform back into print, such as attracting new members, launching a new website and updating the editorial process.

“It has been a gradual process, but now everything has clicked into place and we are all working really hard to ensure Platform has a great year of running before we leave. It's definitely been the best thing I've done at university," says Eve.

Receiving a prestigious award

The Student Publication Association is the largest student media association and represents publications and student journalists across the UK. They organise an annual awards ceremony annually. Eve was judged by industry partners such as BuzzFeed News, The Times and Sunday Times and Press Association. As well as receiving an award for Outstanding Commitment, Eve was also shortlisted for Best News Story.

Preparing for a future career in journalism

Eve is in her final year at Nottingham Trent University and believes that the combination of her industry-centric course and practical experience with the Students Union will impress employers. “The course itself gives you all the tools you need to become a successful journalist in the real world. Practical elements like news days, and even non-practical ones like media law, all contribute to that," explained Eve. "The university and the SU provide loads of opportunities that help enrich your university experience. Being the Editor-in-Chief of Platform has added to my experience massively.”

Eve intends to continue with Platform this year while researching future career paths. “Right now, I’m going to focus on making Platform have its best year yet. I always say the only way is up!”

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