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Teenager's hard-hitting look at the media wins top writing prize as boys reverse fortunes in final.

KARL Lund, a schoolboy from Wallasey,has won the second annual Liverpool Athenaeum Writer-inResidence award, which is supported by the Daily Post.

Last night,he received the pounds 1,000 prize from Linda McDermott of BBC Radio Merseyside at a ceremony also attended by the five runners-up, their parents and teachers.

The competition was open to writers aged between 16 and 19 from the North West.

All submitted an original piece of writing to the judges -Frank Moran and Alan Foulkes of the Athenaeum, David Charters of the Daily Post,Roger Phillips of Radio Merseyside,and Phil Taylor, arts development manager at Liverpool City Council.

From these entries the judges chose six finalists who were invited to write an essay on `The role of the media in the 21st century'.

Five were boys, contrasting with the inaugural year when all six finalists were girls, with Vicky Clark of Oldershaw School,Wallasey, winning.

Karl,17,is also an Oldershaw pupil,maintaining that school's excellent record in the competition.

In addition to the cash,his prize includes an opportunity to attend important civic functions,experience a short period in the Daily Post editorial departments and meet Radio Merseyside presenters.

He will also get free membership of the Athenaeum,access to its 50,000- book library and a signed copy of Liverpool The World In One City by David Charters.

The judges said that the standard had been generally high this year,but felt that Karl had shown a remarkable understanding of the subject, which he had approached in ``a fresh,imaginative and vigorous manner''.

Linda McDermott said: ``I was particularly taken by the winning entry which raises questions about the media as a powerful influence on people's lives -the way they think, what they buy,how they vote.''

Other finalists were: Martin Lloyd of Wirral Grammar School; Lewis Hughes of Kingsmead School,Hoylake; Sam Corcoran of St Mary's College,Hoylake; Tara Heffron and Kyle Evans,both of Oldershaw.

Karl's prize- winning entry will be published in a forthcoming edition of the Daily Post.

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