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HoldtheFrontPage backs new NCTJ award

Four new awards for top-performing journalism students have been created with support from a series of sponsors including HoldtheFrontPage.

The website is among four media employers in the online, magazine and broadcast sectors which have agreed to back new awards for students studying specialist options of the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism each academic year.

The HoldtheFrontPage production journalism award will recognise the best-performing student in the production journalism exam.

The award will be presented along with the three other new prizes at the NCTJ’s annual Student Council event, hosted by News UK, London on 6 February. Each award-winner will receive a certificate and a cheque for £250.

The other new awards are:

• The ITV News broadcast journalism award for the best performance in the broadcast journalism exams
• The Mark Allen Group business of magazines award for the best performance in the business of magazines exam
• The Sky Sports News shorthand award is presented for the best shorthand note and transcription marked as 100 per cent accurate at a speed of 110 or 120wpm

Joanne Butcher, NCTJ chief executive, said: “The NCTJ Diploma in Journalism is an exacting standard, so to be recognised as the top-performing candidate in any subject is a huge achievement.

“That commitment to high journalistic standards is also held by our sponsors and we are grateful that they can help us to reward the hard work students put into their training by funding these awards.”

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  • January 16, 2015 at 11:34 am

    It would be interesting to know how many NCTJ graduates have a disability? What are the regional newspapers doing to address the lack of disabled journalists in newsrooms? Why are some editors telling disabled journalists that they cannot employ them because a judge would need to read their courtroom notes, if a disability interferes with their handwriting? Surely, with modern technology, there is no need for this?

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