Malvern Gazette reporter takes top NCTJ award

Malvern Gazette journalist Tarik Al Rasheed has been crowned reporter of the year at the NCTJ 2008 Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

Joining him in receiving a performance award from the training board was NCTJ photographer of the year Adam Gerrard of South West News Service (formerly of the Derby Evening Telegraph) and NCTJ student journalist of the year Jennifer Smith from the University of Sheffield.

All three young journalists were awarded for being the highest achieving students and trainees in NCTJ examinations

David Edwards, Al Rasheed’s editor at the Malvern Gazette, said: ‘We are delighted at Tarik’s success, he is a credit to the newspaper and a real asset to our team.

“The exam has not lied, I am pleased to say that Tarik’s top marks are replicated in his work on the ground, which is exceptional.”

The winners were announced by NCTJ chief executive Joanne Butcher and Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger at the Society of Editors’ Conference in Bristol today, where 11 other trainee or student journalists were also recognised for their achievements.

Butcher said: ‘Excellence has always been at the heart of the NCTJ, and the students and trainees receiving awards today have shown they have what it takes to shine in this competitive industry, where the need for excellence is greater than ever. They are names to be watched.”

Alan Rusbridger said: “They’ve all done extremely well to be here today, and I look forward to watching their careers progress.”

The judging panel included managing editor of the Guardian Chris Elliott an Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society of Editors.

The full list of winners

News Reporter of the Year

Student Naomi Loomes, City College Brighton & Hove

Trainee Tessa Youens, Gravesend Messenger

Sports Reporter of the Year

Student Steve Jones, News Associates/Sportsbeat Manchester

Trainee Jonathan Jurejko, Doncaster Free Press

Scoop of the Year

Student Steven Kelly, Brighton Journalist Works and Delia Monk, Lambeth College

Trainee Ben Frampton, South Wales Argus

Feature Writer of the Year

Student Paul Prowse, Nottingham Trent University

Trainee Kelly Shorrock, Derby Evening Telegraph

Images of the Year

Student Micha Theiner, Sheffield College

Trainee Katherine Burnett, Derby Evening Telegraph

Performance award winners – awarded to the highest achieving students and trainees in NCTJ examinations

NCTJ Student Journalist of the Year

Jennifer Smith, University of Sheffield

NCTJ Photographer of the Year

Adam Gerrard, South West News Service, formerly of the Derby Evening Telegraph

NCTJ Reporter of the Year

Tarik Al Rasheed, Malvern Gazette

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