London Met lecturer on journalism awards panel

An MA International Journalism lecturer from London Met was one of the judges at this year’s prestigious Royal Television Society (RTS) Television Journalism Awards.

Date: 01/03/2012

An MA International Journalism lecturer from London Met was one of the judges at this year’s prestigious Royal Television Society (RTS) Television Journalism Awards. 

Senior lecturer James Rodgers was a member of the judging panel for the Innovative News Award category. 

James, course leader for the University's MA International Journalism programme, is a former BBC foreign correspondent who has worked across Europe and the Middle East. 

He said: “It was a great honour to be invited to take part in the awards.  In all our journalism courses at London Met we constantly strive to adopt the latest, top-level, professional techniques, so this was an excellent opportunity for me as a lecturer to observe and discuss them with some leading figures in television news.”

The Innovative News category was won by Al Jazeera English for ‘The Stream: Bahrain’.

The judges said: “The winning entry was a genuine innovation in the presentation of television journalism. An excellent example of how to conduct an interactive conversation that kept the viewers attention with pace and ambition.”  

Other nominees in the Innovative News category were ‘Confronting the Looters’ by Sky News and ‘Sky News for iPad’.  

The Royal Television Society is Britain’s leading forum for television and related media.

The RTS Television Journalism Awards take place every year and celebrate creative and excellent journalism in UK news and current affairs, both by organisations broadcasting in the UK and by companies which supply UK news broadcasters.

This year’s event, held in London, was hosted by ITV newsreader Mark Austin.

James’s involvement in the awards reflects his standing as a respected figure in journalism. Like many academic staff at London Met, he has a career’s worth of real-life experience to pass on to his students.