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Publisher’s award to honour top-performing student

Regional publisher Archant is to sponsor a new annual award to recognise the top performing journalism student in the UK.

The Archant award for reporting will go to the student who gets the highest marks in the National Council for the Training of Journalists reporting exam, part of its Diploma in Journalism.

The winner will be presented with a certificate and £250.

Archant is also to sponsor an award for the best performing student in the videojournalism exam, to be known as the Mustard TV award for videojournalism.

Joanne Butcher, NCTJ chief executive, said: “We are very pleased to announce the creation of a new award for our journalism students. Reporting is one of the core skills of the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism and the exam has proved to be one of the most rigorous and challenging for student reporters.

“To be the top performing candidate in this subject is a huge achievement and that person will now get the recognition they deserve thanks to the support from Archant.”

Archant chief executive, Adrian Jeakings, said: “We are delighted to be able to sponsor this new award as we recognise the vital importance of good reporting skills from well-trained journalists in producing engaging, informative and accurate content for our newspapers, magazines, digital and broadcast media channels.”

There are now seven diploma awards presented annually for top performing candidates in court reporting, media law, public affairs, reporting, shorthand, sports journalism and videojournalism for online.

Mustard TV Archant’s new broadcasting division, which was awarded a local TV licence for Norfolk in September 2012.

It will start broadcasting on Freeview Channel 8, from spring 2014.