Jack, former Editor of the Cherwell student newspaper, was presented with his award at the inaugural Today Programme Student Journalism Awards ceremony, at the BBC's Radio Theatre.
Sarah Sands, editor of the Today Programme and chair of the judges, commented: “Jack Hunter has an excellent nose for a story and a talent for digging that drives his investigations. His work holds those in authority to account and demonstrates exactly the qualities and potential the BBC looks for in a journalist at the start of their career.”
The third year historian, who has already interned at The Mail on Sunday, Reuters and The Sunday Times, has also been offered a place on the BBC News Journalism Trainee Scheme.
“I’m absolutely stunned and I’m excited about opportunities I’ve received to start my career in reporting,” says Jack. “What I think the award shows is that investigative, hard hitting and engaged student journalism can be relevant. I love writing, digging and finding stories. And I think journalism can be used to ask difficult questions to people in power and really can represent positive change,” he adds.
Jack describes how he started out in student journalism: “I went to a Cherwell news meeting in my first week in Oxford and pitched a story,” he says. “It made the paper and I became news editor.”
Since then, Jack has covered topics ranging from university spending to student activism in Hong Kong.
The Today Programme Student Journalist of the Year Award was judged by the Editor of the Today Programme, Sarah Sands; the BBC’s Media Editor, Amol Rajan; and Editor-in-Chief of BuzzFeed UK, Janine Gibson.