Layla Haidrani named Outstanding Young Journalist

<p>A History graduate was named Outstanding Young Journalist.</p>
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<p>A History graduate who has produced a series of original and exclusive columns for student and national publications was named Outstanding Young Journalist at the 2014 Asian Media Awards.</p>
<p>She was one of the very first students in the UK to be awarded a position as a student blogger for The Huffington Post UK.</p>
<p>Her content ranges from women’s rights and transgender students to alcoholism and abortion.She enjoyed further success after she won the award for ‘Best Writer’ and ‘Best Article’ at Kent University Student Media Awards (KIC) 2013 and 2014.</p>
<p>She said, “I am very thrilled and honoured to have won the award so many, many thanks for giving me a platform, it really is appreciated.”</p>
<p>Shortlisted candidates included in the new award sponsored by the University of Salford were, Anila Dhami who is an aspiring young journalist who pens her own blog on a variety of lifestyle and current affairs issues<em>; </em>Harpreet Kaura multi skilled news reporter, researcher and radio prodigy and Rahil Sheikh a Broadcast Journalist with Celador who produces original news ideas for three radio brands across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.</p>
<p>Paul Broster Associate Director, Journalism and School of Arts and Media said,<strong> “</strong>The word outstanding is very apt because we had four outstanding nominees in this category.</p>
<p>“The depth and breadth of the work was tremendously impressive; nominees with material across print, online, TV and radio, with many articles and packages published and broadcast in a range of local and regional and national media organisations.</p>
<p>“It was a difficult choice because all four nominees had genuine merit as potential winners.</p>
<p>“The winner was someone whose work as an undergraduate student was truly outstanding and prolific. </p>
<p>“Taking on big issues – mental health, alcohol addiction and fighting for the disabled.”</p>
<p>Special awards on the night went to Krishnan Guru-Murthy who was named Media Personality of the Year; Nina Wadia who collected the Sophiya Haque Services to British Television Award and Waris Hussein who was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Media Award.</p>
<p>The Best Investigation Award went to Ross Kemp for the Extreme World: India episode. Chris Bisson who plays Jai Sharma on Emmerdale was named as Best TV character.</p>
<p>The Asian Media Awards were held at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate on Tuesday October 28 and were sponsored by the University of Salford and Asons Solicitors.</p>
<p><span style=”color: #555555; font-size: 13px; font-family: open_sansregular;”>The event was hosted by Manish Bhasin from the BBC and Sam Ali Khan of ITV Central.</span></p>
<p>Event partners included ITV, MediaCom and Press Association Training.</p>
<p>Photo by Saty Singh – <a href=””>Studio 4 Photography</a></p>

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