Digital Journalism award for Elena Cresci
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Elena Cresci - Guardian's Student Digital Journalist of the Year 2012
Newspaper journalist Elena Cresci has been named Student Digital Journalist of the Year at the 2012 Guardian Student Media Awards at a ceremony in London, hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Charlie Stayt.
Currently working for Trinity Mirror Southern, Elena graduated from Cardiff’s Centre for Journalism earlier this year having studied newspaper journalism under the guidance of David English and Glyn Mottershead.
The awards recognise the highest standard of student journalism from universities across the UK and highlight the very best of breakthrough talent across print, online, broadcast and digital media.
Elena managed to beat current magazine student Sean Anderson, who was also nominated in the Digital Journalist category. She said: "It was honestly a big surprise to win as the other nominees were of such a high standard. I'm thrilled to bits about it!
“The blog I entered actually started as part of the newspaper course at Cardiff, so it just goes to show where this course can take you. As a working journalist, I use both the digital and traditional journalist skills I learnt at Cardiff - it really has been integral to kick-starting my career.
“Big thanks go to David and Glyn and all the tutors at Cardiff for the fantastic training and the continuing support.”
Elena’s innovative blog, seamlessblog.wordpress.com, challenges its readers to abstain from buying ready-made clothing and instead produce a whole wardrobe full of high street bargains, using a sewing machine at home.
Alan Rusbridger, chair of the awards and Guardian News and Media’s editor-in-chief, said: “It has never been a more exciting time to embark on a career in journalism. Technology is evolving at the speed of light and presenting new opportunities and challenges to the ways we work nearly every day.
Elena’s success comes ahead of next year’s launch of Cardiff University and Guardian News & Media’s partnership that will see the two organisations working together to offer a new Masters degree in Journalism with Digital Media.