And the winner is………

Ben and Laura

Ben Cotton and Laura Fischer

A Leeds Met student and graduate are impressing the world of PR after collecting awards at the European Public Relations and Research Association Spring Symposium.

MA Public Relations student Laura Fischer received the student award for her website New Media in Practice, which explores PR and New Media, while former PR student and Graduate Trainee Ben Cotton picked up the social media award for the Best Practitioner/Researcher Blog for his site Social Web Thing.

The Euprera Spring Symposium awards, which were held over three days at the University College Arteveldehogeschool in Ghent, Belgium, recognised candidates who maintained an online presence equivalent to at least ten weblog posts connected to communications/public relations ahead of the competition deadline set for earlier this year.

Ben has since been tweeting his joy of winning the award and said on his blog:

“I’m delighted to have won the award and must confess that I’m slightly surprised given the strong standard of blogs that Social Web Thing was up against. As I said throughout my presentation with Neville Hobson and Philip Young, the success of SWT has little to do with me and much to do with the many people who have kindly given their time to answer Q&As or give opinions – which in turn have stimulated much debate. So thank you all.”

Laura describes her success on her blog:

It was a great honour for me to receive this award and get the chance to present my blog in front of many of Europe’s top PR academics at the symposium. Quite apart from presenting it in interaction with Neville Hobson, one of the world’s leading communications commentators, blogger and podcaster, and panel administrator Philip Young, University of Sunderland.

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