Graduate from University of Portsmouth nominated in national awards for food poverty stories

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A JOURNALISM graduate is in the running for an award for a series of articles about food poverty.

Stephanie Hunter has been shortlisted in a Student Feature Writer of the Year category in the Guardian Student Media Awards.

Ms Hunter graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a honours degree in journalism and media studies this year. She said she was delighted with the nomination.

Ms Hunter, 26, said: ‘I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet but I’m looking forward to going to the ceremony.’

For her first feature, Ms Hunter spent a night interviewing volunteers and guests at FoodCycle, a community project at Portsmouth’s John Pounds Centre.

She then wrote about Portsmouth Food Bank at King’s Church Hall, Southsea, where she interviewed the manager, volunteers and those benefiting from food donations.

She focused on freeganism – reclaiming food thrown out by shops – for her third feature, while for her fourth piece she explored the politics of food poverty.

The university’s principal lecturer in journalism Mary Williams said: ‘This is great news. Stephanie’s series of investigative features were thoroughly researched and brilliantly written, so I’m not at all surprised that she’s been shortlisted for this award.’

If she wins, Ms Hunter will be able to do a two-week work experience placement at the Guardian.

The awards ceremony will be on December 1.