Stephen Lucas has been named winner of the annual LGcommunications Prize for Young Journalists.
He received the £250 prize for what was judged to be the best local government paper submitted in the National Council for the Training of Journalists examinations last year.
He is now a freelance reporter on the Ham & High newspaper in North London, and covers general news stories. He completed a work placement on the newspaper.
Stephen read English at York University. He lived and worked in China, America and Italy after leaving university.
Stephen said: “There are a lot of celebrities on the patch and they’re always fun to talk to. Uri Geller bent a spoon for me the other week.
“It was a big surprise to win the prize. I found the local government bit of the course quite tricky.”
Part 1 of the public affairs section of the NCTJ examinations is on local government.
The examination papers have a compulsory finance question and compulsory 12 ‘short-note’ questions, followed by a choice of two essay questions.
LG communications secretary Michael Baker said: “Stephen’s fluent writing style impressed me and others. It is good news for public relations professionals that young journalists like Stephen can write about local government with authority and confidence.”
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