Shakoofeh Shah

Three Brunel journalism students have taken the first prize, runner up and third place
slots in the 2014 YNUK.TV student awards.

Casey Sleigh, the winner of the competition, was presented with a trophy and reward of £300,
along with Kairit Kütt coming in at second place with a £100 reward and Katherine
Clementine in third place, receiving a £50 reward.

The announcement was made after the editor of the online site, YNUK.TV, Rosie Hayes
published their 90 second videos that all three students produced as part of one of their
assignments on a topical news story. They were presented their certificates and awards by
Rosie during a journalism seminar.

Each video explored sensitive topics and Casey’s winners video was published on the website
along with Kairit and Katherine’s videos. Casey tackled a very sensitive issue: suicide and
counselling services for Brunel students after the tragic loss of a student in 2013. Her video
focused on the help and advice given to students during stressful periods of university.
Casey was very pleased about her award and said: “It was a big surprise and I was not
expecting it. I am very grateful and all the hard work paid off.”

Speaking to Kairit who discovered the nominations of her and her fellow classmates, she
said: “I did not know that I was even nominated for an award. I just typed my name into
Google one day and this was one of the first things that popped up – YNUK.TV website.
“I remember that I put a lot of effort into this video and I am really glad that it was noticed by
someone outside of the university. “This is a great achievement for me and I am really happy. I look forward to receiving my
cash prize.”

Third place winner of the £50 cash reward, Katherine Clementine said: “It was great to get
feedback from Rosie.

“I was really pleased to be nominated and to get a cash prize on top was even better.”
Students are being encouraged to get involved in online/video journalism platforms and those
interested in making their own videos, to feature on the website, should contact Rosie Hayes