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NCTJ announces shortlist for excellence awards

The shortlist has been announced for the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ Awards for Excellence 2010, which recognise the best journalism students and trainees.

The training body holds the awards to reward the top students on NCTJ-accredited courses and the best journalists and photographers with less than two years’ experience.

There are five categories in the awards – news journalism, sports journalism, top scoop/exclusive, features of the year and images of the year – with each having a prize for one student and one trainee.

More than 100 entrants have been narrowed down to just 14 students and 15 trainees and the winners will be announced by NCTJ chief executive Joanne Butcher at the Society of Editors Conference in Glasgow on 15 November.

Students from Nottingham Trent University and News Associates feature prominently on the shortlist, while the Hull Daily Mail is the only title to have two reporters up for a prize.

There are also three performance awards, which will be presented to the journalists with the best exam results, for the student journalist of the year, photographer of the year and reporter of the year.

Judges said the standard of this year’s entries was ‘remarkable’ and demonstrates the high standards required of all students on NCTJ accredited courses and trainees working towards the NCE.

The full shortlist is:

News Journalism

Martin Green, Essex Chronicle
Tara Russell, Southern Daily Echo
Helen Steel, Blackpool Gazette
Vikki White, Hull Daily Mail

Adam Grinsell, City of Wolverhampton College
Leanne Rinne, University of Sheffield

Sports Journalism

Jon Mattos, Hull Daily Mail
Kaylee Seckington, ESSN Media

Josh Burrows, News Associates – London
Benjamin Endley, News Associates – London
Holly Hamilton, News Associates – London
Henry Milward, University of Brighton

Top Scoop / exclusive

Katie Bowler, Burton Mail
Gareth Davies, Croydon Advertiser
Claire Fox, Sutton Guardian
Eleanor Radford, The Plymouth Herald

Helen Brennan, Liverpool Community College
David Raven, Edge Hill University
Alexander Robinson, Brighton Journalist Works

Features of the year

Hannah Baker, Telegraph & Argus
Megan Jorsh, News & Star

Jayne Garfitt, Nottingham Trent University
Juliet Langton, Nottingham Trent University
Lucia Miyashita, Nottingham Trent University

Images of the year

Matthew Harrison, Derby Telegraph
Amy Husband, South Wales Evening Post
Ceri Oakes, Whitby Gazette

Jethro Bradley-Firth, The Sheffield College, Norton
Anthony Kitchener, The Sheffield College, Norton