Sunderland student’s Miley Cyrus girl power column read by millions

Column Idol finalist Rebecca Stubbs
Column Idol finalist Rebecca Stubbs
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A JOURNALISM student has had a column printed in Britain’s biggest newspaper after winning a national writing competition.

Rebecca Stubbs, 20, had her first-person piece – about bringing back girl power after recent events, including Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance – printed in millions of copies of The Sun after she won top prize in Column Idol.

As part of the competition, the Sunderland University student has also been mentored for the past three months by Sun Women journalist Jennifer Tippett who gave her tips on writing style, how to develop her column and how to make it in the media industry.

Rebecca and the five other finalists were then tasked with pitching their column ideas to a judging panel including The Sun’s editor David Dinsmore and broadcaster and award-winning columnist Lorraine Kelly.

Rebecca, from Lancashire, said: “Winning Column Idol was absolutely amazing. I was so proud of my column and I couldn’t have done it without my mentor Jen.

“It’s my dream to be a national journalist, so to see my column in the biggest newspaper in the country is a dream come true.

“Column Idol was a fantastic experience and learning curve for me. It will hopefully open up opportunities for me to pursue my career ambition of becoming a journalist.”

Column Idol, now in its fourth year, provides six young people aged 16-25, the chance to be mentored by top journalists through Media Trust’s youth mentoring scheme and have their column printed in The Sun.

To enter Column Idol Rebecca submitted a short description of what she wanted to write about and why she deserved to be crowned this year’s winner. Rebecca was selected as a finalist from nearly 500 entries.

David Dinsmore, editor of The Sun, said: “The standard of entries was extremely high and all the finalists were really inspirational, so it was a difficult choice, but in the end the judges were unanimous in their praise for Rebecca.

“Her final column is extremely well written, entertaining and thought provoking and she should be really proud of what she has achieved.”

Katie Lloyd, deputy chief executive, Media Trust, said: “We are delighted to partner with The Sun on Column Idol for the third year running and continue to see The Sun supporting young people in such a positive way.

“Rebecca is a deserving winner and impressed the judges with her column and confident pitch.”

Pride of Wearside

Rebecca’s achievement impressed her peers so much she’s been nominated in the Student of the Year category at this year’s Pride of Wearside awards.

The winners will be awarded at a ceremony at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday, November 20.

And there’s still time for you to make your nominations.

The categories are: Child of Achievement, Community Champion, Child of Courage, Safer Community, Sporting Achievement, Community Group, Fund-raiser of the Year, Local Hero/Role Model, Green Champion and Student of the Year.

You can make your nominations here or look out for nomination forms which appear in the paper.

The deadline for entries is Tuesday, November 5