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European Parliament student journalist video competition winners


RELEASE DATE: 11 April 2014

Journalism student Video Winners celebrate

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Competition winner Dan Brown, James Euinton, Helen Barker, Nadine Forshaw, Ellen Millard and Ben Hatton.
l-r: Dan Brown, James Euinton, Helen Barker, Nadine Forshaw, Ellen Millard and Ben Hatton.

[/frame]Journalism Students Ben Hatton and Ellen Millard have won first prize in the European Student Video Competition with their short documentary Land of Opportunity.

The two Winchester University students will be joined by the other finalists for the European Parliament competition to mark the impact of 40 years of Great Britain in Europe at a party in Europe House in London on 25 May.

Land of Opportunity explored what it is like for immigrants coming to the UK ahead of the highly anticipated lifting of restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanians.

The judging panel of professional journalists and producers commented that Ben and Ellen had made a “good selection of immigrant workers with well told back stories.” They had also “provide a nice combination of press headlines with the vox pops” and “had bought the personal stories to life.”

Second prize was awarded to Nadine Forshaw whose work, Eastleigh, explored how politicians and the media can impact on the views of local mainly white residents. Judges were impressed with her well told story and her analysis of “prejudice around EU in an English town with limited multi cultural plurality”.

Students Helen Barker, Dan Brown and James Euinton won third prize with Coming to Boston. Judges said this had an interesting regional focus and pointed out that EU agricultural immigrants in Lincolnshire contribute to taxes and the video was “well set up visually, with an engaging down to earth voiceover”.

All the winners have been invited to Election Night at Europe House in Westminster, 25 May 2014 where the videos will be shown. Ellen and Ben will also attend an all expenses behind the scenes visit to Brussels later in the year.



  1. Students from across Britain had the opportunity to submit a three to five minute video capturing some aspect of the 40 years since the UK joined the European Union.
  1. The Judges were Press Association’s head of video content, Jim Grice; Professor Tim Crook, Professor of Broadcast Journalism at City of Birmingham University and a senior lecturer in media law at Goldsmiths; Anna Averkiou, media trainer and former producer and reporter with the BBC, TV-am, CNN and MBC; and, Michael Green, a BAFTA award nominee. They were looking for quality of content, technical ability and overall presentation, and, are perfectly placed to know if the modern students can cut the mustard in a real newsroom.