News Associates has been named the UK’s top NCTJ journalism course and best fast-track course for the second year running.
The group, which has topped fast-track course league tables five years in a row, was recognised at the NCTJ Awards for Excellence last night, part of the Journalism Skills Conference taking place in Portsmouth.
More than 40 journalists attended the awards for student and trainee journalists with more than 230 submissions made to the 13 prize categories.
Host and BBC deputy political editor John Pienaar said: “Behind the success of each of those winning students and trainees 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.
“Those on the shortlist tonight have demonstrated the combination of writing skills, determination and resilience needed to forge a career in journalism.
“Our expert judging panel was thoroughly impressed by the quality of work submitted.”
Winners included the University of Sheffield’s Alex Grove, who picked up the student news journalism award, the Swindon Advertiser’s Chris Humphreys who won the trainee news journalism award and Sportsbeat’s Ross Lawson who won the trainee sports journalism award.
News Associates, which has centres in London and Manchester, saw four of its graduates take home awards.
Sara Oldfield was named student journalist of the year, Lucy Pasha-Robinson won student top scoop, Richard Amofa picked up the student sports journalist award and Ross Lawson was hailed as trainee sports journalist of the year (all pictured top).
“I’m stunned and proud to have won this award,” said Oldfield.
News Associates managing editor James Toney said: “It’s great to have the achievements of another stunning crop of journalists validated by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.
“I’m hugely proud of every trainee who poured their energies into gold standard qualifications, something that only one in three have achieved in recent years.
“You will find our trainees making their mark on the front pages of our national newspapers, presenting and reporting on Sky News, working internationally for some of the most respected names in journalism from Reuters and Agence France Presse and producing cutting-edge multimedia features for Vice and Huffington Post.
“Their success is a source of endless pride. As is the fact they started their journalism journeys with us.”
The full list of winners and commendations
Student news journalism:
Winner – Alex Grove, University of Sheffield
Highly commended – Sophie Halle-Richards, University of Sheffield
Commended – Katerina Tiliakou, Brunel University
Trainee news journalism:
Winner – Chris Humphreys, Swindon Advertiser
Highly commended – Thomas Mackintosh, Crawley News
Commended – Benjamin Blosse, Hull Daily Mail
Student sports journalism:
Winner – Richard Amofa, News Associates London
Highly commended – Luke Bidwell, University of Sunderland
Commended – Rachel Wheatley, Glyndwr University
Trainee sports journalism:
Winner – Ross Lawson, Sportsbeat
Highly commended – Will Kelleher, Scottish Daily Mail
Winner – Gareth Evans, University of Sheffield
Highly commended – Oscar Lopez-Gibson, NCTJ distance learner
Commended – Estel Farell-Roig, University of Sheffield
Winner – Rosy Cherrington, The Huffington Post
Highly commended – Michael Steward, Saffron Walden Reporter
Commended – Carly Minsky, Times Higher Education
Student top scoop/exclusive:
Winner – Lucy Pasha-Robinson, News Associates London
Highly commended – Ross Kempsell, News Associates London
Commended – Michael Cantillon, St Mary’s University
Trainee top scoop/exclusive:
Winner – Shanti Das, South West News Service
Highly commended – Chloe Farand, Ilford Recorder and Romford Recorder
Commended – Lily Waddell, Daily Star Online
Student multimedia story/campaign:
Winner – Abi McDonald, University of Sheffield
Highly commended – Rebecca Marian Miller, Bournemouth University
Commended – Kate McGreavy, University of Sheffield
Winner – Weird and Wonderful Subcultures, University of Sunderland
Highly commended – Bold, University of Sunderland
Commended – Clyde Outside, Glasgow Clyde College
Apprentice of the year:
Winner – Rachel Coburn, BBC
Commended – JP Asher, The Comet and Royston Crow
Commended – Kirsty Hickey, Sky News
Commended – Tom Oakley, Express and Star
Student journalist of the year:
Winner – Sara Oldfield, News Associates
Trainee journalist of the year:
Winner – Charlotte Tobitt, Surrey Advertiser