Alan McGuinness has been named as the first recipient of the Sky News Bob Friend Memorial Scholarship. He will formally receive the award from head of Sky News John Ryley on February 9 at the inaugural Sky Bob Friend Memorial lecture in the Pilkinton Building.Â
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 panel interview. Panelists Rob Kirk, editorial development manager for Sky News, Stephen Claypole, chairman of DMA Media and a long-time friend of Bob Friend, and Ian Reeves, director of learning and teaching at the Centre for Journalism, saw five shortlisted candidates on Friday.
Reeves commented: "The panel was highly impressed by the standard of applications, and by the way the shortlisted candidates conducted themselves in the interviews. I've no doubt Alan will prove a worthy recipient of this award and will be a fine ambassador for the centre."
He will have his first-year tuition fees paid for by Sky, and will spend four weeks in one of Sky's newsrooms over the summer.Â