Journalism Studies graduate Leanne Rinne has won a prestigious Royal Television Society Award for a short film she produced exploring the dangers of street prostitution in Sheffield for her final year broadcast portfolio.
Leanne was presented with the award for best News & Journalism film at a ceremony in York in honour of ITV Yorkshire Head of News Will Venters who died in January.
She said: "It was really fantastic to be given such a special award at the RTS student ceremony in York. I remember questioning at first if it would even be possible to film successfully in Sheffield's red light district and I knew it would be a huge challenge to interview the women working on the streets.
"Without the help of Sheffield Working Women's Opportunities Project (SWWOP), a charity which addresses the complex needs of women working in street prostitution, I would never have been able to produce the film and I'm therefore very grateful to everyone at SWWOP for allowing me to document their amazing work.
"I was also given great support and guidance from my broadcast tutors Katie Stewart and Matt Robson throughout the project which gave me the confidence to produce a challenging film with unique footage."
Leanne graduated in 2011 with a first class degree and works for the Press Association as a multimedia journalist in London.
In 2010 Leanne won the NCTJ Student News Journalist of the Year Award as reported here.