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Glyndŵr University hosts Wales Media Awards 2016 launch

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October 16 2015

An awards scheme to celebrate the best of journalism in Wales has been launched at Glyndŵr University Wrexham.

The university’s Oriel Sycharth Gallery hosted the North Wales launch of the Wales Media Awards 2016, supported by the Journalists’ Charity.

The awards are open to all journalism with a Welsh angle across print, online and broadcast media, with nominations accepted in 19 categories.

As well as celebrating the best of Welsh journalism, the awards support the Journalists’ Charity, which helps all journalists in need and their dependants with advice, grants and other forms of financial assistance.

Speaking at the launch, Professor Graham Upton, interim Vice-Chancellor of Glyndŵr University, said: “We are delighted to be hosting these awards which aim to recognise the best of journalism in Wales.

“It’s an area in which we have a particular interest here at Glyndŵr, where we proudly offer an NCTJ course which is 4th best in the UK, as well as courses in broadcasting and TV production.

“A lot of our students go on to work in journalism in Wales and it’s appropriate that we are sponsoring the young journalist award.”

Deeside-based company, Comtek, are the lead sponsor for this year’s awards.

CEO Askar Sheibani said: “It took me literally five seconds to make the decision to be a sponsor for these awards.

“Journalism is at the heart of democracy in the UK and it’s something I’m hugely passionate about. We can’t have democracy without journalism. If you do not create absolute freedom of speech it is not healthy.

“Many news journalists and broadcasters seen around the world are trained in the UK and there’s a good reason why. Our journalism is fantastic – something really special which we must try and preserve as best we can. These awards are about celebrating some of that great journalism here in Wales.”

Winners from last year’s awards, online journalist of the year Sally Williams, and Derek Bellis, who collected the outstanding contribution to journalism award, both spoke at the launch event in Wrexham.

Tim Rogers, chair of the Wales branch of the Journalists’ Charity, said: “We set up the Wales branch of the charity because we wanted to bring journalists in Wales together.

“Our aim is to raise funds to support journalists, many of whom are working in the industry at a time of great uncertainty. Without the light of journalism in this country we would be living in a dark room – and without it democracy would be in a very different place.”

The Wales Media Awards 2016 will be presented at the Mercure Holland Hotel, Cardiff, on March 4 2016, at a ceremony hosted by broadcaster Huw Edwards.

The awards are organised by PR firm Spencer David. For more information visit http://www.walesmediaawards.co.uk

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