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Wales Media Awards recognise School of Law and Politics writing talent

19 March 2020

Professor Laura McAllister and Nest Jenkins
Celebrated writers: Professor Laura McAllister and Nest Jenkins

The School of Law and Politics community will be represented in two categories at this year’s Wales Media Awards.

Professor of Public Policy and the Governance of Wales, Laura McAllister has been nominated for the Columnist of the Year and Nest Jenkins, who studies Law and Welsh, has been nominated for The Ed Townsend Student of the Year Award.

Professor McAllister has been recognised in the Columnist of the Year category for her column in The Western Mail/Wales Online. The award celebrates good journalistic writing skills, news related or general opinion pieces which have been produced in Wales, for an audience in Wales.

Speaking of the award Professor McAllister said, “I feel very honoured to be shortlisted for the Columnist of the Year award. With so many great writers in the Welsh media, I’m very proud to be in such august company. Having a regular column in a national newspaper is a wonderful platform and I feel privileged to have a voice to speak out on topics that interest me- mainly sport and politics!”

The Ed Townsend Student of the Year award recognises the three best articles, news stories or single planned series of articles or news stories by a journalist in full time education. The award is in memory of a much loved and respected Journalists’ Charity committee member who played a pivotal role in re-establishing the Wales Media Awards.

Speaking of her shortlisting success Nest said, “Being nominated at the Wales Media Awards, among some of the biggest names in the industry, is a huge honour. It’s a great feeling to be recognised for work that I enjoy so much and it encourages me to continue building a career in journalism. I look forward to the awards ceremony as an opportunity to celebrate journalism in Wales.”

The Wales Media Awards take place annually to celebrate and promote great journalism in Wales. They are open to all journalists, photographers, camera operators, video journalists, freelancers, student journalists, bloggers and vloggers who work in Wales.

Due to the current and evolving situation with Coronavirus infection (COVID-19) the Wales Media Awards have postponed their awards ceremony which was due to take place on 20 March 2020. The ceremony has been rescheduled to take place on 6 November 2020. All details can be found on the Wales Media Award website.

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