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Written by on 14th February 2010

On Thursday 11th February a group of us from Siren FM and the Lincoln School of Journalism travelled up to the University of Teeside in Middlesborough for the BBC Connect and Create conference. The event was an opportunity for students, academics and BBC employees to find out more about the BBC North project and how it will benefit the North East.

We listened to talks from Peter Salmon, Director of BBC North, and Mark Thompson, BBC Director General, as they outlined the vision of the big project in Salford. How it will benefit the radio industry in the North East remained unclear.

More importantly the event is rounded off with the presentation of the BBC Partnership Awards. This years awards were presented by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, preceded by a very entertaining Question and Answer session with the comedians. Siren FM were nominated for the Achievement award, student newspaper The Linc were nominated in the Innovation category and LSJ graduate Dane Vincent was nominated in the Journalism category for his piece ‘All Bonged Up’.

With bated breath the Lincoln contingent waited for the winners to be announced, first up The Linc for the innovation award and their continued development of their online provision of news. Including the podcast that can be heard on Siren every Sunday morning at 11 o’clock. They made it to the top three but sadly didn’t come away with the award.

Next up was the Siren category, Achievement, despite looking like the strongest out of the three shortlisted nominations we were beaten to the top prize by the University of Central Lancashire. So far we’ve been shortlisted in the Partnership Awards two years in a row so here’s hoping to third time lucky next year.

And so to the Journalism award and Dane’s piece ‘All Bonged Up’ was the last chance to do us proud. The nominations were played out and personally speaking Dane’s stood out from the three shortlisted items so it came as no surprise when Vic and Bob opened the gold envelope to read out Dane’s name. A big cheer came from the LSJ lecturers and Siren FM would like to congratulate Dane on his fantastic achievement.

You can see a clip of his winning video by clicking this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_g-XC4bqHs