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Glasgow Graduate Wins National Award For Journalism

Cat Cochrane won the award after being nominated for the second year in succession.

Cat Cochrane has won a National Council for the Training of Journalists award for her in-depth piece on a Kurdish refugee.

Cochrane, who graduated from Glasgow Clyde College had been nominated for the second year in a row, saying "On the evening, I realised I was, for the second year in a row, the only Scottish recipient of an NCTJ Award for Excellence in Journalism, so it was nice to represent north of the border once again."

The piece featured Roza Salih, a refugee from Kurdistan, who arrived in Glasgow with her family in 2002 who arrived with her family in Glasgow from Kurdistan in with 'practically nothing, following a lengthy immigration process.'

Cochrane has followed her story, saying "Since then, she has worked hard to highlight the plight of refugees in Scotland and the UK and towards gaining a law degree and in her role as Vice President for Diversity and Equality at Strathclyde University.

"Roza's journey really moved me and it was a pleasure to write about it and share it with a wider audience.”

Cat, from Mount Florida, was the only college student among the 18 nominees for six awards. The other candidates were university students or enrolled at a specialist journalism school.      

Her latest award represents her second NCTJ prize in as many years following her victory in the Best Multimedia Campaign for her work on the Dearest Scotland project while at Glasgow Clyde College.

Since graduating from Glasgow Clyde College in June, Cat continued working on Dearest Scotland at Glasgow-based design agency Snook, where she published a book of letters written to the future of Scotland

  • Date published: 30th December 2015
  • Photography by: NCTJ

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