Awards for Excellence 2017

The NCTJ Awards for Excellence recognise and reward the best journalism students and trainees. With quality training at the heart of the NCTJ, these awards highlight the achievements of individuals with promising journalism careers ahead of them.

The awards will be announced in May 2017.

Those shortlisted will be invited to the Journalism Skills Conference gala dinner and awards ceremony in November as guests of the NCTJ where the winners will be announced.

 

Category awards
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For the category awards, applicants may submit one student entry or one trainee entry per category, according to their status when the submitted work was produced.

Work must have been produced between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016.

The same piece of work may not be submitted more than once. For each of the below categories there will be two awards:

1.STUDENT - to enter the student category, you must submit work that was produced during an NCTJ-accredited course or NCTJ distance learning course

2.TRAINEE - to enter the trainee category, you must have less than two years' employment and have completed the Diploma in Journalism (A-E grades in all modules and at least 60wpm shorthand)

See How to enter.

For each category, a panel of judges will draw up a shortlist and names will be posted on the website on Friday, 14 October 2016.

Entries must be received by the NCTJ by 5pm on Friday, 23 September 2016. 

Best student project
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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
Performance awards
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There is no call for entries on these awards as they are based on exam results.

NCTJ student journalist of the year

Awarded to the best-performing NCTJ student based on preliminary exam results and references.

NCTJ trainee journalist of the year

Awarded to the best-performing NCTJ trainee in the National Qualification in Journalism (reporters, photographers, sports reporters). There is no call for entries for these awards as they are based on exam results.

NCTJ apprentice of the year

The apprentice of the year will be presented to a nominated individual who was doing an NCTJ journalism apprenticeship at any time between September 2015 and August 2016. 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, 23 September 2016.

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, 23 September 2016.