Young Reporter’s honour after national awards event

Level 3 Creative Media Production learner Amy Waite travelled to London to represent the Grimsby Telegraph Young Reporters at a national awards event.

The scheme, which operates in partnership with North East Lincolnshire Council, was shortlisted for two British Youth Council Youth Voice Star Awards.

Nominations were for Best Campaign, after challenging the negative stereotypes of young people in the media and Innovation, through work with Estuary TV to improve young people’s mental health.

Second year learner Amy (18), who has been a young reporter for around a year, said: “Eating disorders still have quite a stigma in society right now, but it is showing improvement.

“It’s something that affects a lot of young people so the more awareness that can be spread, the better we can educate young people to understand.”

Amy said there has been a “really positive reaction” to the project, adding: “It’s really spurred me on with my work.

“I love the artistic side as well as the whole production that goes in. To create something unique, which people enjoy, I find is an honour.”

Media curriculum manager Tom Hughes described Amy as an “exceptional student”.

“To be nominated for these kind of awards shows the impact that working on a project like Young Reporters can have.”