Two University of the West of Scotland graduates nominated for top broadcasting award

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UWS Journalism graduates Laura Alderman and Brandon Cook, both from STV News, have been nominated alongside Hope Webb from BBC News in the Young Journalist category for the Royal Television Society (RTS) Scotland Awards.

Both Laura and Brandon are well-known faces from television, reporting on stories and current affairs on STV news.

Laura, who graduated from the MA Broadcast Journalism programme at the Ayr Campus in 2018, joined Global as a Broadcast Journalist following graduation, going on to become Assistant News Editor at ITN before joining STV News as a Political Reporter based in Edinburgh.

Laura commented on twitter: “Absolutely chuffed to be shortlisted for the RTS Scotland Young Journalist of the Year Award alongside some fantastic fellow journos.”

Originally from Skelmorlie in North Ayrshire, Brandon is now based in Aberdeen as Multimedia broadcast journalist for STV News reporting across news and sport on both television and online. Brandon studied on the BA (Hons) Journalism programme at UWS graduating in 2019 from the Ayr Campus.

Brandon told the Greenock Telegraph: “It’s good to be shortlisted. Part of me feels that it’s a matter of right place at the right time, but there is a good bit of work involved.

“I’ve been lucky to work alongside some great people.”

The RTS Scotland Awards cover all forms of production in Scotland, recognising and celebrating excellence and innovation across a wide range of genres and crafts. The ceremony will be held online at the end of January.

Good luck to Laura and Brandon!

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