CCCU student nominated for national journalism award

A Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) student has been nominated for a national radio award.

First-year multimedia journalism student, David Applin, 20, has been nominated for an Independent Radio News (IRN) Award which recognises the work of journalists from across the country.

The talented student is up for the ‘Student Journalist of the Year’ category for his radio documentary on ‘Norway’s approach to prisons’.

“It was only my first try!”

David Applin, 20


David will be competing against four other student journalists at the IRN Award Ceremony on March 7 at Sky’s studios in London.

The award ceremony will see big names from the radio industry from LBC reporters to Globals newsroom journalists.



David was shocked to see his work turn into a huge success, after only his first attempt at radio documentary-making.

He said: “I was happy with my work but I didn’t not expect such good feedback. Especially as it was only my first try at a radio piece.”

It’s the second year in a row that a Canterbury Christ Church student has represented the university at the prestigious IRN Awards.

He added: “I’m proud to be representing Christ Church. It gave me the opportunity to be able to pursue what I want to do. I love being a part of it.”

LISTEN: David Applin, ‘Norway’s Approach to Prisons’

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Claisse Opulencia

Editor-in-Chief of Unified. Claisse is a third year multimedia journalism student at CCCU. Amnesty Media Award Finalist 2018, IRN Awards Runner-up 2018 and nominated for two SPA Awards 2018.

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