First year students have until 4pm on Monday 10 February to submit their entries for the most prestigious prize available to journalism undergraduates in the UK: the annual Sky Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship. Shortlisting will take place that night and, on Tuesday 11 February, candidates who make the shortlist will meet a panel chaired by Neil Dunwoodie, Executive Producer Sky News.
The prize is £3,500 and a fully-funded four week internship at Sky News. Previous winners include Alan McGuinness, who now works at Sky News, Tania Steere who went on to win a place on the Daily Mail trainee reporter scheme and Medwire Editor Jemma Collins. The 2014 Scholar will receive their prize from Neil Dunwoodie at the 2014 Bob Friend Memorial Lecture.
This will take place on the evening of Thursday 27 February in the Pilkington Lecture Theatre here on the Medway Campus. This year's lecturer, the latest in a highly prestigious list, is Stuart Ramsay, Sky News Chief Correspondent, who will share his experience of reporting from numerous wars and conflicts. The winner, together with their parents and family, attends the lecture and the VIP reception that precedes it. If you need any guidance with your entry, please ask me, Ian, Rob or Lee. We will be delighted to help.