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Leeds Trinity University Journalism graduate praised by national ITV newsreader 

Posted on 04 December 2019

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​Leeds Trinity University student Abbey Maclure graduates today with a Master’s degree in Journalism, the Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for outstanding academic performance and backing from national ITV newsreader, Nina Hossain. 

22-year-old Abbey graduates with a distinction in Journalism today, but has spent the last five months of her MA degree working full-time as a Live News Reporter at the Yorkshire Evening Post.  

Abbey joined Leeds Trinity University in September 2018 and immediately impressed academics with her natural flair as a journalist during the University’s Journalism and Media Week in November. During the week, Abbey interviewed ITV Newsreader, Nina Hossain, who identified Abbey's star-talent and advised her to get a good foundation of experience in local journalism before going for presenting roles. 

Following Nina’s advice, Abbey pursued work experience at the Yorkshire Evening Post, and within a short amount of time she was offered a full-time role as a reporter, five months before graduation. Since joining the Yorkshire Evening Post, Abbey has covered riots, the Extinction Rebellion movement, street crime, sexual assault and other local stories.   

Abbey said: “I’ve wanted to be a journalist since I was nine years old, and I remember coming home from school after learning how to write an article and I told my mum ‘I want to be a journalist when I grow up’. I quickly found out how competitive the industry was and dedicated a lot of time to writing throughout school and university. Leeds Trinity University has equipped me with the skills and confidence needed to get into the industry - and then survive it once I was in.”​ 

She added: “I’ve been working at the Yorkshire Evening Post for over five months now - something that was only made possible because of Leeds Trinity and the tutors who are dedicated to training the next generation of journalists. I still have to pinch myself that what I’ve been dreaming of doing since I was little is now my reality.”

​Amy Lund, Senior Teaching Fellow at Leeds Trinity University, said: “Abbey demonstrated her talent and flair for journalism from her entrance interview. She dived into the dual-accredited MA Journalism programme at Leeds Trinity University, securing the highest marks for both her National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) assessments, which earned her the Vice-Chancellor's Prize for outstanding academic performance.

“She has successfully managed to juggle her new role with finishing her final university project to an exceptional standard." 

Abbey is one of 150 students graduating today from the School of Communication, Business and Law, the School of Social and Health Sciences and the Institute of Childhood and Education at Leeds Trinity University. ​

Students will be addressed by the Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University, playwright and actor Deborah McAndrew, Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret A House OBE, and Abbey will also deliver a Vote of Thanks to her classmates.​