The NCTJ Awards for Excellence recognise and reward the best journalism students completing NCTJ-accredited courses and journalists/photographers with less than two years’ experience on the job. They are free to enter and can be a springboard to future success.
Jon Mattos won the trainee award for sports journalism in 2010 while working at the Hull Daily Mail. He then took up a role with Press Association writing about the Olympics.
Jon says: “Following on from passing the NCE exams and being one of the winners at the NCTJ Awards for Excellence in Journalism in 2010, my hard work and dedication allowed me to land a role at the Press Association as an Olympics writer ahead of London 2012.
“Among the exciting assignments given to me during a year at PA Sport’s offices in Howden, East Yorkshire, included being the chief writer of the London 2012 Olympic Games: The Official Book and one of two writers working on the post-Games book for Carlton called London 2012: The Greatest Show on Earth.
“I also played an integral role in providing the majority of Olympic content for the MSN website before, during and after London 2012, while my role also saw me produce content for clients such as BP, British Airways, LOCOG and Betfred.”
There is still time to enter this year’s awards. Please complete the application form available from the website.
Picture: Jon with Matthew Pincent at the Official Book launch in April 2012