Awards for the top journalism courses and the best performing students were handed out during an awards dinner held at the Library of Birmingham as part of this uear’s Journalism Skills Conference.
The journalism courses were presented with awards for the highest percentage of students achieving the NCTJ gold standard: A-C grade passes in all exams plus 100 words per minute shorthand.
It was a double success for News Associates London, who were also awarded the best performing independent fast-track course for their multimedia journalism course.
The student journalist of the year prize also went to a former News Associates London student, George Gigney, who was funded by the Journalism Diversity Fund.
George, who now writes for Boxing News, achieved the highest marks across all his exams as well as 120wpm in shorthand.
Awards host BBC Midlands Today presenter Nick Owen congratulated all the winners, saying: “Behind the success of each of those students will be a team of dedicated trainers and educators.
“All of those who teach on accredited courses should be congratulated on achieving the high standards the NCTJ sets on behalf of the industry.”
The evening also saw the presentation of the inaugural Paul Durrant Award for the best-performing trainee in the East of England, named in honour of the former Eastern Daily Press newsman who has terminal cancer.
EDP editor Nigel Pickover presented the award to Charlotte Austen-Hardy of the Chelmsford Weekly News.
The full list of winners was as follows.
Course performance awards
Best course – News Associates London (multimedia sports journalism)
Fast track independent – News Associates London (multimedia journalism)
Further education fast track – Highbury College
Academic year – City of Wolverhampton College
Higher education postgraduate – University of Sussex
Higher education undergraduate – Nottingham Trent University
NCTJ Awards for Excellence
News journalism (students): Andre-Rhoden Paul, University of Sheffield
News journalism (trainees): Henry Holloway,The Argus
Sports journalism (students): Michel Steward, St Mary’s University
Sports journalism (trainees): Nemesha Balasundaram, Irish Post
Scoop/exclusive (students): Leonie Chao Fong, News Associates London
Scoop/exclusive (trainees): Jordan Bluer, Dover Express
Features of the year (students): Catrina Cochrane, Glasgow Clyde College
Features of the year (trainees): Naomi Firsht, Jewish Chronicle
Multimedia story/campaign of the year (students): Sophie Grubb, University of Sheffield
Multimedia story/campaign of the year (trainees): Sophie Mei Lan Slack, BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme
Student project of the year: The North Crowd, Teesside University
NCTJ student journalist of the year: George Gigney, News Associates/Boxing News
Trainee journalist of the year: Katie Dickinson, Westmorland Gazette
Apprentice of the year: Dan Wright, KM Group
Paul Durrant Award: Charlotte Austen-Hardy, Chelmsford Weekly News
Chairman’s Award: Sue Green, City of Wolverhampton College