Daniel May has been named as the Sky News Bob Friend Memorial Scholar for 2010. He will formally receive the award from Sky News's editorial development manager Rob Kirk on the evening of March 3 at the Sky Bob Friend Memorial Lecture, to be delivered this year by BBC Director-General Mark Thompson.
The three-stage selection process required students to submit a multimedia treatment for a rolling news story, sit a grammar and current affairs test, and give a 30-minute interview to a panel including Kirk, Stephen Claypole, chairman of DMA Media and one of Bob Friend's great friends, Tim Luckhurst and myself. Sara Malm and Melanie Wimmer were the other shortlisted candidates.
Tim Luckhurst said: " The panel members were impressed by all three of the shortlisted candidates, but Dan's multimedia treatment really stood out as an original idea that would work well on Sky. I am delighted for Dan and I am sure that he will be a tremendous ambassador for the Centre for Journalism, the University of Kent and Sky News. Everyone in the Centre can share in celebrating his achievement at the Bob Friend Memorial Lecture on March 3."
Dan will have his first-year tuition fees paid for by Sky, and will spend four weeks in Sky's newsrooms over the summer.