Journalism graduate Max Burnell’s radio documentary A Question Of Intelligence: The Rise Of The Smart Machines was runner up in the best radio documentary category of the 2016 Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) Student Journalism Awards.

The Multimedia Journalism (Broadcast) MA graduate from the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design explores the subject of Artificial Intelligence in his radio documentary A Question Of Intelligence: The Rise Of The Smart Machines. He looks at where intelligence comes from and how it’s being used in music, language and autonomous vehicles. The programme consults a series of prolific experts and asks if there is reason to fear the machines.

When talking about his time at Westminster and the award certificate which he received on 21 November at ITV Southbank, Max said: “To be recognised by an organisation such as BJTC that represents the best of the broadcast journalism industry is a fantastic feeling of achievement after all the effort. I was amazed by the quality of the work showcased by my peers across the country; it’s a real testament to the talents of the next generation of broadcast journalists.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better experience from my time at Westminster. From the moment I learned about the course I knew it would help me develop the skills necessary to pursue the career I’m so passionate about. I owe much of my success to the dedication and expert guidance of my excellent tutors and particularly my radio tutors Charles Carroll and Deborah Vogel.”

Mercedes Bunz, Joint Course Leader in MA Multimedia Journalism at the University of Westminster, said: “Max’s radio piece discusses a very important subject, the rise of the smart machines, in an intriguing way. It is a great achievement for Max, and also shows how strong our radio department is.”

All Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design Journalism courses are BJTC accredited and provide its students with the highest standard of recognition in Broadcast and Online Journalism.

The awards are organised by BJTC which works in partnership with BBC, ITV, ITN, Associated Press, Sky News, Channel 4 News, National Union of Journalists, Creative Skillset, Reuters and The Radio Centre. This year’s competition received a record number of entries which was narrowed down to only nine winners, including Max.

Read more about the Multimedia Journalism (Broadcast) MA course.

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