A mature student from Nottingham Trent University has picked up the prize for Broadcast Journalist of the Year at the Guardian’s Student Media Awards.
28 year old Clare Freeman, who’s now working as an assistant producer at BBC Radio 4, scooped the award for a radio documentary about male victims of domestic violence which she made for her final year college project.
Clare gave up her job two years ago to go full time in radio after being involved as a volunteer for several years. While working as a Broadcast Assistant at the BBC she did a part-time MA in Broadcast Journalism at Nottingham Trent.
Her award-winning documentary, ‘When A Woman Hits A Man’, challenges the idea that domestic violence is just men hitting women and features victims and perpetrators as well as a visit to one of only a handful of courses in the UK that aim to rehabilitate women who hit men.
Clare told RadioToday.co.uk: “It was the openness and honesty of those involved which helped to make my documentary so moving and I’m thrilled to win the award. I took a chance when I decided to give up my job and retrain in order to follow my passion for radio, but it’s really paid off.”
Carole Fleming, programme leader for Broadcast Journalism at Nottingham Trent University, added: “This award is testament to all the hard work Clare put in throughout her course, particularly as she had the added commitment of working at the same time. We’d like to congratulate her and Elaine Ly who was also shortlisted for the award.”