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01 May 2007
A leading Indian journalist has returned to Cardiff University to revisit people and places that helped him on the route to success.
Piyush Roy, from Orissa, India, took the MA in International Journalism at the University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies in 2004. On his return to India, he has worked for two leading national newspapers, The Hindustan Times and The Indian Express, where he is currently special correspondent with responsibilities for features, analytical and editorial writing. He has also written for magazines on entertainment, covered India’s huge Bollywood film industry and published his first novel, a life of Alexander the Great.
While at Cardiff, Piyush won a Silver Award at the 2004 British Council International Student ‘Shine’ Awards, for writing movingly about one of his tutors, the late Geoff Mungham. Although Geoff passed away just ten weeks into the course, Piyush said his commitment to his students had left a deep and lasting effect on all of them.
Piyush has just returned to the UK for the fifth anniversary of the ‘Shine’ awards, held in London. He also took the opportunity to return to the School of Journalism, meeting up with head of school Professor Terry Threadgold and addressing current students on the International Journalism course about media trends in India.
Piyush said he owed a great deal to Cardiff. He said: "It changed the way I look at things, the way I interpret things. It is a world class course and the curriculum is of universal relevance. Papers like the Express and the Hindustan Times, which are very old and very respected, are very much aware of Cardiff University and of this course."
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