Print industry fellowship awarded at Cardiff University

March 1, 2010 by  

Michael Cummings, editor for the Manawatu Standard in New Zealand, has been awarded a fellowship at Cardiff University. Cummings has won the ‘2010 Air New Zealand/British High Commission Print Journalism Fellowship’ in the UK, and will take his place at the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies in Cardiff University.

As part of his studies, Cummings will receive an attachment to a UK newspaper and he will study management within the newsroom and hot topics such as freedom issues from the media.

Last year, Cummings became the editor of the Manawatu Standard in New Zealand after previously being employed as the deputy editor of the newspaper.

His fellowship to the Cardiff print industry has been sponsored by Air New Zealand, the Newspaper Publishers’ Association and Wellington’s British High Commission. The fellowship is available to any journalists working for the Newspaper Publishers’ Association.

George Fergusson, the British High Commissioner and member of the judging panel, stated:

The standard this year was the highest yet.

Tim Pankhurst, the chief executive of the Newspaper Publishers’ Association added:

In our remote corner of the world we have the luxury of being able to observe often dramatic changes in media in overseas markets before the tsunami hits here. There is much we can learn from our UK colleagues and links such as this fellowship are invaluable in that regard.

Cummings will hope to learn a lot from his time within the print and media industry in Cardiff, working with a UK newspaper and with print companies in Cardiff.