Indian Broadcasting Awards success for MA student
Monday, September 13, 2010
Aafreen Alam after receiving the award for Best News Documentary of the year.
Aafreen Alam, who graduated this year with an MA in International Journalism, has won an award for the Best News Documentary of the year at the annual Indian News Broadcasting Awards ceremony in Delhi.
The winning documentary, On Thin Ice, set-out to discover the effects of carbon emissions on the acidity level of the world’s oceans as they absorb rising levels of carbon dioxide from the air.
Indian broadcaster NewsX sent Aafreen to spend five days onboard the Greenpeace ship Esperanza in the Arctic Circle to document the research work undertaken by its scientists.
While there Aafreen used the skills she learned during the Masters course to good effect as she was required to script and record the whole documentary as well as perform her pieces to camera.
Talking about her time at Cardiff Aafreen said “MA IJ has taught me everything that I know… It has a fantastic blend of academic and practical knowledge.
“The degree has great camaraderie between the students, during the year we grew as a whole and not just as individuals. If you’re thinking of taking the course, don’t think twice about it. It’s brilliant.”
After studying her BA and MA degree at the School, Aafreen worked with National Geographic as a documentary maker before becoming a Science and Environment reporter for NewsX.
Broadcast Journalism Tutor Ros Bew, who teaches students on the broadcast pathway of MA International Journalism said “It's wonderful and very satisfying to see our alumni putting their new found skills and knowledge into practice. Our congratulations to Aafreen and her team for winning this award.”