A regional journalist turned press officer has been honoured for her performance during her senior reporting exams.
Abigail Weaving has won the Paul Durrant Award, which is presented annually to a newly-qualified journalist working on a newspaper in the East of England for their performance in the National Qualification in Journalism exams.
Abigail, pictured, won £250 for her results, which she achieved while working at the Saffron Walden Reporter.
She has since left the newspaper to work as a press and PR officer for the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Paul died in 2016 at the age of 63 following a battle with cancer.
Of her win, Abigail said: “Winning this award was a wonderful surprise – I couldn’t quite believe it when I found out. I have very fond memories of my time studying for both my NCTJ and NQJ, so this really was the cherry on the cake.”
She added: “I loved working in a newsroom, but have now moved to a press officer role in London. I’m still very much a journalist at heart though, and make sure to use my shorthand every day without fail.”
Ian Clarke, head of news for the EDP and Norwich Evening News, said: “Paul Durrant was a brilliant newsman and relentlessly passionate about ensuring the next generation of young journalists were well trained and inspired.
“Duzza – as so many people knew him – worked tirelessly within Archant and across the newspaper industry as a champion for improving standards. We want to continue to honour his invaluable work and are delighted to support the award in his memory.”