Westminster graduate wins New Journalist of the Year Award

13 Mar 2019 - Barni Homden (Image courtesy of Press Gazette)

Here at Kaplan, we love to hear what the graduates of our partner universities are getting up to. So we were delighted to learn that a University of Westminster alumnus recently won the New Journalist of the Year award!

A prestigious prize

Richard Holmes graduated from the University of Westminster in 2015 with a BA in Journalism, and got a job at BuzzFeed soon afterwards. He was honoured with the prestigious prize at the Press Gazette British Journalism Awards in December last year.

Prior to working at Buzzfeed, Richard had gained valuable industry experience during his degree, contributing to Vice, New York Minute Magazine and the Evening Standard.

Richard has covered many important issues in his short career, but it was his powerful investigation into the death of 15-year-old Aaron Leafe at a private care home for which he won the award, which recognises newcomers to journalism for outstanding work in the field.

Judges praised Richard's work, saying, "this was a heavy-duty public interest story that really matters."

Richard's path to success

Gained valuable work experience as a student

at publications including Vice and the Evening Standard

Graduated with a degree in Journalism

from the University of Westminster

Got a job at Buzzfeed

covering a number of important issues

Won the New Journalist of the Year Award

at the Press Gazette British Journalism Awards

Follow your path into journalism

Richard’s story shows just how far a degree in Journalism can take you. However, it also shows just what a positive impact you can have working as a journalist, bringing inspiring and moving stories to the public, and uncovering injustices and abuses of power.

If you want to make a difference as a journalist, where better to start than with a degree at the University of Westminster? A Journalism degree will teach you everything you need to know about media in the 21st century, and prepare you for your career.

You can prepare for a Westminster degree with a pathway course at Kaplan International College London. Find your perfect degree using the search bar below!

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