The Solent branch of the NUJ presented Gemma with the Bob Norris Award for Achievement, which was established earlier this year in memory of the regional journalist and trainer.
The annual award recognises students across the South who have achieved notable performances during their time at their place of study.
Gemma said: “It feels amazing to be recognised for all my hard work this year! The course has been really challenging especially sitting remote exams due to Coronavirus. I am really passionate about community journalism and have enjoyed exploring different ways of interviewing people and writing stories. Winning the award was a complete surprise, I am excited to be part of such a demanding and exciting industry.”
Throughout her course at Highbury College, Gemma has covered many local and regional stories including VE Day events, talked to fast-rising local pop stars and to women working within the plumbing trade.
Gemma was also part of the triumphant team, who entered and won a recent writing competition organised by the Gosport & Fareham Friends Of The Earth in conjunction with The News, Portsmouth.
Lecturer in Journalism Darren Sadler said: “Gemma has a nose for digging out a story within her local community, which I believe to be the essence of a good reporter. Our award-winning journalism courses give our students plenty of opportunities to build upon their skills, and during her time at Highbury, Gemma has written interesting and engaging features on a diverse section of the community. Congratulations Gemma!”
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