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Corey Pellatt wins Guardian Student Media Award

Posted on Friday, 29 November by

Corey Pellatt - Guardian Student Media Awards

One of the co-founders and editors of SQ Magazine, Corey Pellatt, is celebrating after beating hundreds of entrants to be crowned ‘Digital Journalist of the Year’ at the prestigious Guardian Student Media Awards.

Corey, an ex-student at Causeway School and Sussex Downs College, has now entered his final year of study at the University of Sussex and picked up the prize at an awards ceremony in London last month, which was hosted by television personality Rick Edwards.

Corey earned the title for his work with SQ Magazine, the independent student publication that he founded – along with fellow student Lewis Scrafton – in 2009.

The duo set up the print edition of the magazine while studying A-Levels at Sussex Downs College and their website, started in 2011, now enjoys 50,000 unique visitors each and every month.

The award recognises a student journalist “who is harnessing the power of digital media for a greater good and creating insightful, interesting and relevant content that reaches audiences in new and innovative ways”.

Guardian Student Media Awards

On winning the award, Corey said:

Winning Digital Journalist of the Year is a massive honour for me and feels like the end product for four years of relentless work.

While SQ Magazine has always enjoyed great feedback from our readership, it’s incredible to be validated by industry professionals and receive recognition from the Guardian Student Media Awards.”

Corey and Lewis work with students across East Sussex in workshops and tutorial sessions, retaining close links with both Sussex Downs College and the Causeway School, where they both studied their GCSEs.

Neil Martin, Head of Media Studies at Causeway School, said: “This is an incredible achievement by Corey and fully deserved recognition for the hard work, passion, creativity and entrepreneurship that both Corey and Lewis have shown in their work on SQ Magazine.”

He continued: “I am incredibly proud that one of my former students has received such prestigious recognition and I hope that these achievements will act as inspiration for current and future Causeway students.”

Corey was one of just five finalists in the running for Digital Journalist of the Year, a category that was judged by Ian Burrell, assistant editor at the Independent, and Laurence Durnan, editor for Political Scrapbook.

As a result of his win, Corey will complete two weeks’ work experience at the Guardian this summer.

Images taken by James Turner/Guardian.

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