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News journalism award
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This award will go to the student/trainee journalist who has demonstrated all-round qualities in news gathering and reporting. The judges will consider a number of elements including the work that went into getting the story, the number of sources used and reader/audience interest in the news.

Entrants should submit three reports (in print, broadcast and/or online format) to illustrate their qualities as a journalist, plus a supporting statement explaining the significance of each report (no more than 200 words in total for all three stories).

In choosing the winners, the judges will consider:

  • Style of writing/delivery
  • Story construction and structure
  • Good use of quotes/clips
  • Human interest potential
  • Public service/audience value
  • Evidence of in-depth interview techniques
  • The range and variety of stories submitted 
Sports journalism award
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This award will go to the student/trainee journalist who can demonstrate an all-round knowledge of sports journalism. We are not looking for an enthusiastic fan with a laptop.

The prize will go to the entrant who has delivered more than a standard after-match analysis from the team manager and who has shown a willingness to ask revealing questions and developed the story.

Entrants should submit three reports (in print, broadcast and/or online), along with a supporting statement explaining the significance of each report (no more than 200 words in total for all three reports). Ideally, one should be a backgrounder, feature or profile piece.

The judges will consider a number of elements including the work that went into getting the story, the number of sources used and reader/audience interest in the copy. In choosing the winners, the judges will consider:

  • Style of writing/delivery
  • Story construction and structure
  • Good use of quotes/clips
  • Human interest potential
  • Evidence of strong sporting knowledge
  • Evidence of in-depth interview techniques
  • The range and variety of sports stories submitted 
Top scoop award
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This award will go to the single story (in print, broadcast and/or online) or image (still or moving) produced by a student/trainee journalist which, in the opinion of the judges, is the scoop of the year.

Entrants should submit their chosen story/image/video plus a supporting statement explaining the work that went into landing the scoop and details of its significance (no more than 200 words).

Judges will consider a range of elements, including:

  • Audience interest in the story or image
  • Evidence of how the scoop was obtained
  • Content
  • Style of writing / delivery
  • Human interest potential
  • Public service value
Features award
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This award will identify the best student/trainee feature journalist. Judges will be looking for a feature or news backgrounder (not an over-written news story) that gets to the heart of an issue and is well written or produced.

Entrants should submit two features (written or broadcast) and a supporting statement of no more than 200 words explaining the significance of both.

Judges will consider a range of elements, including:

  • Style of writing/delivery
  • Construction and structure
  • Human interest potential
  • Public service/audience value
  • Originality
  • Content
  • Evidence of research and in-depth interview techniques 
Multimedia story/campaign of the year award
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This award is for the best and most innovative way of communicating a story, campaign or event using a variety of journalistic skills and platforms.

Candidates may submit stories that utilise or combine text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media for the purpose of producing an engaging story.

In choosing the winning submission, judges will consider:

  • innovative and original ideas
  • quality content and design
  • the level of reader/user engagement it provides

Candidates should submit links to video/graphics/photography/audio/online/print content with a supporting statement of no more than 400 words which should explain/include:

  • the key aims of the project
  • how the platform/s chosen enhance the story
  • how the media used best suit the story being told
  • evidence of the level of success and engagement achieved
Student project of the year award
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This category is for the best student project (newspaper, magazine, website, broadcast package) submitted by accredited course providers.

In choosing the winning publication, judges will consider:

  • innovative and original ideas
  • quality content and presentation
  • student involvement
  • the level of reader/user engagement it provides

Course providers should email the entry form with a copy of the project or a web link/downloadable link. The entry form must include a supporting statement of no more than 400 words that should explain:

  • how the project came about
  • the key aims of the project
  • the level of success achieved
  • the facts and figures setting out the numbers of students involved

Please complete the application form and send to kimberley.holland@nctj.com by Friday, 22 September 2017.

The student project must have been produced between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017.

Student of the year award
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Awarded to the best-performing NCTJ student based on Diploma in Journalism exam results. There is no call for entry for this award as it is based on exam results.

Trainee of the year award
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Awarded to the best-performing NCTJ trainee in the National Qualification in Journalism. There is no call for entry for this award as it is based on exam results.

Apprentice of the year award
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The apprentice of the year will be presented to a nominated individual who was on an NCTJ journalism apprenticeship scheme at any time between September 2016 and August 2017. Nominations are invited from the apprentices' employers and tutors, in no more than 500 words, describing why the individual is worthy of the award. Nominations should include a description of outstanding professional progress, practical application, a positive approach to employment and training, and excellent personal qualities.

Please complete the nomination form and send to kimberley.holland@nctj.com by Friday, 22 September 2017.

Chairman's award
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The chairman’s award celebrates a nominated individual's outstanding contribution to high standards of journalism training. Nominations are invited, in no more than 500 words, describing why the individual is worthy of this award. He or she could be an editor, a tutor or anyone who has made a meaningful impact on the training of journalists.

Please complete the nomination form and send to kimberley.holland@nctj.com by Friday, 22 September 2017.