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2010

Digital journalism prize for King's graduate

Wil Benton, who graduated in Pharmacology this summer, won ‘Digital Journalist of the Year’ at the 2010 Guardian Student Media Awards on 24 November.

He was awarded the prize for FatKidOnFire.com – a fashion, lifestyle and culture website he started in March of his final year. Since its launch, the site has had 7,000 hits from 70 different countries and has amassed 12,000 page views.

The Digital Journalist category is the newest category within the SMAs and Wil was one of five shortlisted entrants selected from more than 600 students.

It was judged by NME editor Krissi Murison and Panorama journalist Paul Kenyon. Wil said: ‘They both told me how impressed they were with my work and how my entry was by far the strongest. Praise indeed!

‘It also looks like this is something I’ll be able to do full time and earn money, which is a dream come true.’

His prize is one month working at The Guardian on the news desk of his choice.

 
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