Sky’s the limit for an outstanding student

Journalism student Jemma Collins has won an award for ‘outstanding academic and professional merit’.

A FORMER student from Barnstaple has won a scholarship to work in one of the country’s busiest newsrooms.

Jemma Collins, who is studying for a BA in Journalism and the News Industry at the University of Kent, was awarded the month-long placement at Sky and had her first year tuition fees paid off after displaying “outstanding academic and professional merit”.

The 2012 Sky Bob Friend memorial scholarship was presented to Jemma by Alex Crawford, a Sky News special correspondent and three-times winner of the coveted Royal Television Society television journalist of the year award.

Jemma, who studied for her A-Levels at Petroc, said: “I’ve always wanted to be a journalist and winning the Sky Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship was one of the biggest things that has happened to me.

“It hasn’t really sunk in fully yet, but I know I am very excited about the prospect of working in the Sky newsroom.”

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