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MA Journalism graduate nominated for Young Journalist of the Year

Goldsmiths MA Journalism graduate Charlie Cooper (pictured right), who is now a reporter on the Independent, has been nominated for Young Journalist of the Year in the prestigious British Press Awards.‌‌‌‌

Cooper’s nomination last Friday came on a day of significant successes for three other past and present Goldsmiths MA Journalism students in gaining important trainee positions with national newspapers.

Cooper, 24, who joined the Independent in August 2011 at the end of the 2010-11 course, was nominated for a varied portfolio of stories which included a report on malnutrition in children, a profile of television presenter Philip Scholfield and two pieces on a racist murder in Scotland. Cooper was also nominated for New Journalist of the year in the Press Gazette’s British Journalism Awards 2012.

He said: "It’s a real honour to be nominated. I owe it to a lot of people who have guided me along the way – none more so than Terry [Kirby] and Angela [Phillips] at Goldsmiths, who taught me everything I needed to know to make a start in journalism. There’s not a day goes by that I don’t rely on a lesson, or deploy a skill that I learned at Goldsmiths."

Angela Phillips is the Department’s Reader in Journalism who convenes the MA Journalism programme and Terry Kirby is lecturer in journalism who teaches the news writing section of the course.

Cooper is one of the three former MA Journalism students working in staff positions on the Independent – the others are Enjoli Liston, who is assistant foreign news editor, who graduated in 2009 and Emily Jupp, social media reporter, who was on the 2009-10 course.

On the same day as Cooper’s nomination, Emma Craig, a student on this year’s course learned she had been awarded a place on the Daily Mail production trainee course while Raziye Akkoc and Laurence Dodds, who graduated last year, were both awarded places on the Daily Telegraph trainee scheme.

Other MA Journalism graduates include Polly Curtis deputy national editor of the Guardian, Andrew Ellson, deputy home editor of the Times, Patrick Barkham, a Guardian features writer and Susana Mendonça, political reporter on the BBC’s Daily Politics show.

MA Journalism has many other alumnae working at The Economist, The Financial Times, The DailyTelegraph, the Evening Standard and the Daily Mail. Others work on Company, Harpers, Wired, Grazia, Elle, Living, When Saturday Comes, Mixmag, Management Today, Inside Housing and a raft of other consumer, business and specialist titles. The course prides itself on being online pioneers and our students can be found wherever publishers need innovative multi-platform thinkers.

Find out more about MA Journalism at Goldsmiths, including funding and scholarships available, at

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