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Awards night celebrates success at Darlington

The achievements of journalists from Darlington College of Technology have been celebrated at a special awards night held in the town.

Around 90 editors, senior journalists, trainers and trainees gathered to see awards presented to budding journalists who had either completed or are still on courses at the School of Journalism, Media and the Arts at the college.

The Chris Cox Memorial Award was won by Thomas Cock, of the Chard & Ilminster News.

The award is presented annually to the Darlington College student with the highest marks in National Council for the Training of Journalists exams, in memory of the former Hartlepool Mail editor and chairman of the NCTJ’s North-East Regional Advisory Committee.

Runners up were Mandy Atkinson, of the Derbyshire Times, Karenza Morton, of the Bournemouth Daily Echo and Ian Holyman, who now works in Paris.

Newsquest awards for news and feature page production were also handed out, with the publisher’s head of training Margaret Strayton presenting prizes to Joanna Snell of the Salisbury Journal, Alex Lloyd from the York Evening Press and Elizabeth Roberts of the Basingstoke Gazette.

Johnston Press training director David Rowell handed out the Johnston awards for news and feature page production, and these were presented to Alice Ryan of the Melton Times, Kate Barney of the Spalding Guardian and Marie Daniels from the Scarborough Evening News.

  • The event was sponsored by the NCTJ’s North-East Regional Advisory Committee, North-East Press and the Society of Editors.

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