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Student bursary in memory of NI journalist

22 October 2013

BBC Northern Ireland and the National Union of Journalists are offering a joint bursary in memory of award-winning BBC NI journalist Paul Robinson, who died in 2009.

It will be worth £1,000 and includes a period of work experience at the BBC.

The bursary, also sponsored by Chest, Heart, Stroke, is open to first year NCTJ diploma in journalism students in Northern Ireland; second year students of HND media journalism in Northern Ireland and first year students at the University of Ulster of either the BA in journalism or the media studies and production course. The two weeks of structured work experience will be arranged during spring/summer 2014.

Entries should aim to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. They should be of either a TV or radio package or an online report (with audio/video clips if deemed appropriate). The total duration of a TV entry should be up to a maximum of two minutes, a radio package could be up to a maximum of three minutes and an online entry could be up to a maximum of 500 words with any audio/video clips totalling a maximum duration of two minutes. If a cue/introduction for your report is thought necessary, this should be no more than 75 words long.

Paul Robinson, or Robbo as he was known, died at the age of 55 after suffering a heart attack. The popular journalist began his career in weekly newspapers in his home town of Armagh, before moving to the News Letter and Belfast Telegraph and subsequently to the BBC.  He was presenter of the lunchtime radio programme Newsbreak, producer of Talkback, editor of radio news and editor televison news. He produced the Sony-award-winning Stephen Nolan Show.

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