Magazine Journalism Student Cruises to Major Award
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Poppy Bullock (left), who studied on the PG Dip in Magazine Journalism, has won a prestigious prize for motoring journalists
A Cardiff journalism student has won a prestigious prize for motoring journalists – and £1,000 in cash.
Poppy Bullock, who studied on the PG Dip in Magazine Journalism, signed up for the optional module in Motoring Journalism. This gave her student membership of the Guild of Motoring Writers and made her eligible for the Phil Llewellin Award.
To enter, students submit work completed during the module and Poppy’s feature about the Mongol Rally – an event in which competitors have to drive to Mongolia in cheap, old cars – took top honours.
Poppy was presented with her prize at the Guild’s annual awards dinner, held in the glitzy surrounds of the RAC Club in Pall Mall.
"It was a wonderful event," Poppy said. "I managed to speak to loads of different people to build up my contacts book and the evening itself felt like such a treat. I was the first female to win the award which is great."
Another Cardiff student, Alex Grant, won the first Phil Llewellin Award in 2006. He also found the event an excellent opportunity to network and pitch for work.
Students who took the Motoring Journalism module have found work on a large range of motoring titles, including Top Gear, Practical Classics, Max Power, ITV-F1.com, trade magazines AM and Automotive News, as well as the Independent’s motoring pages.
The Phil Llewellin Award was set up by the Guild of Motoring Writers in memory of Phil Llewellin, a legend among motoring writers and noted for his helpfulness to journalists at the start of their careers.