A Newcastle College student is celebrating after scooping the national ‘Young Journalist of the Year’ award at The Clothes Show at the NEC in Birmingham last month.
Kiran Singh, 25, triumphed over hundreds of national entrants with her controversial piece Whose Skin Are You In? which confronted animal cruelty within the industry. The judges highly praised the article, stating that her work “really drew the reader in, by challenging the fur trade with good research and a really personal perspective.”
The Clothes Show, now in its third decade is one of the UK’s most esteemed fashion events. Showcasing the very latest in fashion, beauty and music trends, the event is known for being a premier event for spotting emerging talent in fashion.
Kiran, who is studying a Foundation Degree in Fashion at the College said on receiving her award: “‘I couldn’t believe it when they called my name. I was in shock. I wrote the article as part of my course, and it’s actually the first piece of journalism I have written. When they announced my name I just couldn’t believe it.
“Fashion is something I’ve always been interested in and researching the assignment led me down a path I just couldn’t ignore. It’s a really problematic issue and I was glad to see that my article could re-emphasise and further raise awareness of animal cruelty.”
Along with the prestigious award, Kiran won a £500 cash prize for her college, handed to her by The Clothes Show presenter Caryn Franklyn. She was cheered on by her tutors and fellow classmates, who visited the show with her as part of a course field trip.
Marisa Giblin, Fashion Course Leader at Newcastle College said: “We are so delighted for Kiran, to be awarded the Young Journalist of the Year, for her first written piece, is something she should be very proud of! Her work covers a really important and current issue and we’re so pleased the judges recognised this.
“With our courses we aim to provide our students with as much industry experience and knowledge as possible through projects, employer links and field trips. This project was a fantastic way for our students to align themselves to industry and test themselves up against students from across the country.”
Kieran is now looking forward to continuing her degree at Newcastle College and hopes to pursue a career in fashion journalism.
To read her full piece Whose Skin Are You In? http://besocial.newcastlecollege.co.uk
For more information about the range of fashion courses available at Newcastle College, visit www.newcastlecollege.co.uk or contact 0191 200 4000.