Campaigning Journalism Award for UWS Graduate

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UWS Broadcast Journalism graduate Natalie Crawford has led an award-winning campaign to change Scotland’s Dog Laws at the IRN News Awards 2020.

This was superbly-executed, campaigning journalism at its finest from idea to outcome.

Natalie, who is a senior reporter at Radio Clyde News, led the station’s call for the Scottish Government to review the current legislation to prevent dog attacks which it believes isn’t going far enough to provide adequate protection, and spoke in Holyrood at a Scottish Parliament committee meeting undertaking post-legislative scrutiny of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010.

Announcing the winner in the Campaign Journalism Award category judges commented: “This was superbly-executed, campaigning journalism at its finest from idea to outcome. It was the clear winner in this category and the judges were impressed by the originality of the concept- to protect people from dangerous dogs – to how they sought to use FOI to build their case, got the whole station on board, and ended up in front of the very people who could change the law. It was an excellent title to head the campaign with a simple, clear aim. This was a lesson in how to use radio and the reach of their station to really make a difference.”

See all the winners here: http://www.irnawards.co.uk/2020-winners.html

The IRN Awards celebrate news and sports journalism in commercial radio, recognising reporting, presentation, production, interviews, features and campaigns.

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