Sports website shortlisted for award
Published 18 October 2012
The University of Brighton's sport journalism course website Overtime www.overtimeonline.co.uk, has been shortlisted by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) for Website of the Year.
Overtime provides sport journalism students with the opportunity to write previews, reports and opinion pieces as well as live blogs on a range of sports from football to Formula One.
It also encourages students to get involved in behind-the-scenes sub-editing, choosing pictures, writing headlines and uploading material. Students also produce video and audio content for the site.
The shortlist was drawn up by an expert judging panel comprising senior journalists and editors from the print and broadcast industry.
The panel included:
- Jonathan Barry, picture editor at Worcester Evening News;
- Brien Beharrell, editorial director of Newbury Weekly News;
- Orla Chennaoui, journalist at Sky Sports News;
- David Collins, news reporter at the Daily Mirror;
- Nicole Garnon, deputy editor at South Wales Argus;
- David Jones, chief foreign writer at the Daily Mail;
- Dave King, head of news at Sussex Newspapers;
- Stephen Moyes, senior reporter at The Sun;
- Steve Phillips, group picture editor at South Wales Evening Post;
- David James Smith, journalist at The Sunday Times Magazine;
- Laurie Tucker, day editor at Sky Sports News, and
- Joy Yates, editor of the Hartlepool Mail.
Simon McEnnis, course leader for Sport Journalism BA(Hons), said: "This is a terrific achievement and is deserved recognition for the efforts of editor George Flood, his senior editorial team and all of the students who contribute to the site regularly.
"The NCTJ accredit more than 40 centres across universities, colleges and commercial providers and to be on the shortlist of the top four student journalism websites is no mean feat."
The winner will be announced at the NCTJ Journalism Skills Conference in Nottingham in November.
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