Newspaper student wins Welsh Livery Guild Scholarship
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Welsh Livery Guild Master Dr Keith Williams DSc FREng FIEE, presents the 2009 Welsh Livery Guild travel bursary to Jessica Best
Newspaper Diploma student Jessica Best was this year’s winner of the Welsh Livery Guild travel scholarship.
The scholarship proposal set-out Jessica’s plan to produce a feature article, for both a print and online publication, exploring the print media produced by Amish communities in the United States of America.
The Guild was won over with the proposal to visit The Budget Newspaper, a well-known publication belonging to Amish communities based in Sugarcreek, Ohio.
The Budget Newspaper’s publishers produce a local edition covering the immediate Ohio area, while a national edition consists of letters written by Amish scribes from towns and villages throughout the US.
Jessica’s submission highlighted her ambitious plans to compare the modern media world with that of the technologically limited Amish.
Jessica said: “Having worked and trained in a 21st century newsroom, I hope I would be well placed to make interesting comparisons between what we are used to and a world which many feel time has left behind.”
The winning prize of £1,000 will pay for flights and accommodation. Jessica’s time will focus on the production of the local and national editions while also interviewing journalists, executives and members of the community about their media culture.
Head of the School, Professor Justin Lewis, said: “Jessica’s proposal for the scholarship demonstrated creativity and originality. Everyone on the course wishes her the best of luck for her trip which is bound to be revealing and rewarding.”
Jessica Best's Blog - Follow Jessica in Ohio