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Falmouth journalist wins GCap Media bursary

Catherine NicholsonCatherine Nicholson, an MA Broadcast Journalism student from University College Falmouth, has been selected from over 100 entrants to win one of three GCap Media bursaries.

GCap Media is the UK's largest commercial radio network, with over 70 stations employing more than 150 journalists. The scheme is for students of journalism courses that are accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council and offers three bursaries of £1,500 towards fees and living expenses, plus a guaranteed work placement of up to six weeks.

"I had to submit an application form with information about my background and my career aspirations, as well as undertake some practical exercises," explained Catherine of the selection process. "I was very excited to hear that I'd been selected and am hoping to do my GCap work placement at the GWR newsroom in Bristol," she added. "The course at Falmouth gives you a brilliant opportunity to experience the roles of news producer, reporter and technical operator as well as develop skills in news gathering, script writing, recording and editing so you get a really good overview of how the broadcast journalism industry works. I'm hoping to work in straight news for at least a few years to really get my news writing and research skills honed before I think about doing anything else, but eventually, I hope to get into the documentary/programme-making side of things."

"We are delighted for Catherine and grateful to GCap for their support of emerging talent," said MA Broadcast Journalism Course Leader, Guy Pannell. "It is industry connections like these – and being part of the Cornwall Skillset Media Academy that has been established as a centre of excellence for media education and training – that makes Broadcast Journalism at Falmouth a first port of call for anyone seeking to fast-track their media career."

University College Falmouth is a founding partner in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC), a unique initiative to promote regional economic regeneration through Higher Education. The CUC is funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One), the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall County Council.

For further information please contact Jilly Easterby, Head of Public Affairs, University College Falmouth on 01326 213792 or email

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). University College Falmouth is a partner of the CUC.


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