University of Salford students are to rub shoulders with some of the biggest stars in media – as official reporters for the Asian Media Awards.
MA Journalism postgraduates Gorana Jelovina and Tom Percival will lead a team of students who will capture the build-up to the awards and the prestigious red carpet ceremony on October 29.
The event, sponsored by the University, is designed to celebrate the talent, drive and innovation of professionals – including journalists, bloggers, presenters, producers and actors – who excel in the Asian and mainstream media.
Previous award winners include Channel 4 news anchorman Krishnan Guru-Murthy and EastEnders star Nina Wadia.
Tom and Gorana, who have just completed major broadcast projects as part of their MA at Salford, will cover a launch event at ITV Studios in London on Monday September 28.
They will then take centre stage with a team of fellow students at the black tie ceremony itself at the Manchester Hilton on Thursday October 29.
Tom, 25, from Salford, said: “It’s an immense honour to be covering such a prestigious event, and I’m extremely excited to be involved. It’ll be rewarding to meet some of the people who inspired me to become a journalist.”
Gorana, 22, from Dublin, added: “It’s fantastic to be given the opportunity to cover these awards. I’m really looking forward to putting the practical skills I have learned through my studies to good use.”
Inzy Rashid, one of Salford’s very own BA Journalism students, has been nominated this year as part of an award after hosting a breakfast show on Asian Sound Radio.
Nominees will be announced at the launch where VIP guests will be welcomed by Asif Zubairy, Commissioning Editor for ITV Entertainment.
Keynote speakers will include Roohi Hasan, senior producer at ITV News and winner of ‘Media Professional of the Year’ in the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, and Professor Allan Walker, Dean of the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford.
Paul Broster, Director of Journalism at the University of Salford, said: “The University is proud to be the major sponsor of the Asian Media Awards and we are also proud of the excellence of students like Tom, Gorana and the team trusted to cover such a major event.”