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Archant teams up with NCTJ to reward top students

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Ten NCTJ students have been presented with awards for exceptional performance in the Diploma in Journalism exams including awards sponsored by Archant and Mustard TV.

At the NCTJ Student Council forum, the top-performing students across the UK were presented with their awards in front of their peers on Friday, 6 February, hosted this year by News UK in London. Award-winners received a certificate and a cheque for £250.

Caroline Christie from Lambeth College took home the Archant reporting award. She offered useful advice saying: “The reporting exam takes a lot of practice and a clear head. I don't think anything passes right off the bat, and it's easy to trip yourself up, so make sure you're calm and think things through.”

Sophie Merritt was delighted to win the Mustard TV award for videojournalism. She is in her final year at the University of Portsmouth and said: “I feel really grateful to be winning this award as a lot of time and effort went into creating my coursework and developing my editing skills for the exam.”

The two awards were presented by Archant London’s editorial director Laura Adams.

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.”

Other diploma awards were sponsored by HoldtheFrontPage, ITV News, the Mark Allen Group, Sky Sports News, Johnston Press, Oxford University Press and the Society of Editors.

The NCTJ is the leading journalism training organisation. It accredits courses at education and training providers; offers qualifications which guarantee the skills needed in the workplace for entry-level students and trainees through to senior status; fosters continuing professional development for journalists, and provides a range of services and products relevant to its customers.

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Pictured above is Laura Adams, left, with Mustard TV videojournalism award winner Sophie Merritt.

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