Salford University journalism graduate Martina Moscariello has won the news category at the regional Royal Television Society (RTS) awards for her film, Life In Europe.
The series of news reports show the hardships of being a migrant travelling from North Africa to Europe across the Mediterranean.
To make the films she travelled to the southern island of Lampedusa to speak to people in refugee camps and charity workers.
Martina said: “It was always something that I was interested in.
“I think it worked quite well as part of a series, that’s what we had to do, a series of reports so it always felt like a big enough topic.”
Life In Europe is available to be viewed in full below:
Ms Moscariello credits the help of television lecturer Andrew Lindsay to help her achieve her desired filming result. He supervised her project and ensured she got the desired result she wanted.
She said: “He was great and obviously it was hard at the beginning to sort of find like a storyline.
“The format was a series of reports so it had to be three different reports from three different points of view on the same topic, so that was a bit tricky.”
The trip to Lampedusa was self funded and this extra dedication to the project was another reason why she won the RTS award.
She is currently freelancing for Channel 5 news and That’s North Yorkshire in Scarborough, and says the work she did for Life In Europe helped her to launch her career with these news organisations.
She said: “It’s certainly good to say when you go for a job, that it’s very good to mention, that you’ve won an award for something that you did at University.
“To go onto better jobs it’s probably going to be really helpful because it’s something that makes you stand out.”
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