Diploma awards

Have you done exceptionally well in an NCTJ exam? A Diploma in Journalism award could be waiting for you!

Presented at the Student Council forum in February, all winners will be invited to collect their prize directly from the sponsor who wants to reward your achievement. Previous hosts of the NCTJ Student Council include Sky Sports News, Google, News UK, Pearson and MSN. The subjects and sponsors of the diploma awards can be found below.  

To celebrate your success you will receive £250 to spend in any way you like along with your NCTJ certificate. All the hours of hard work and revision will be worth it and ‘NCTJ award winner’ will look great on your CV.

Photographs of the awards presentation can be found on the NCTJ Facebook page.

Double award winner - Alice Evans

'Winning both the media law prizes at the NCTJ awards was a fantastic feeling. It’s always great when the hard work pays off! The awards ceremony itself was a really enjoyable event. It's the perfect opportunity for the journalists of the future to get together, share ideas and support each other as they start out on their careers. The conference at Sky was great - it’s a formal enough setting to ensure that people bring their A-game and are prepared to discuss deep and interesting issues affecting the journalism industry, but there’s just the right balance of informality so that we all got some time to make friends and contacts (which is exactly what’s needed in the world of journalism)! I felt honoured to attend the conference and it was exciting to meet and chat to the industry leaders who spoke at the event.'

Production award winner - Luke Hastings

'Winning the production award was a complete shock to me. I didn't see it coming and was surprised to hear about my achievement. I was delighted to be rewarded for the hard work I have put into getting the NCTJ diploma and the production exam in particular. Writing for and editing newspapers is something that I was involved in at my student newspaper and to take those skills into the exam was invaluable. It felt fantastic to be invited to the awards ceremony at the Sky studios in Osterley where I met some great, like-minded people and got an insight into the industry from a brilliant panel discussion, where I was able to ask the experts my questions about what it take to succeed in such a competitive industry. I also had the chance to meet successful journalists in person and network with them. I was a bit embarrassed going up to collect the award, but it was very satisfying to be recognised for the work I had done. It was a great day and one that I will remember for many years to come. Thank you to the NCTJ for having me there and giving me such a generous reward!'

Business of magazines
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The Mark Allen Group business of magazines award is presented to the student with the best performance in the business of magazines exams during the academic year. The prize consists of a cheque for £250 and a certificate. 

Broadcast journalism
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The ITV News broadcast journalism award is presented to the student with the best performance in the broadcast journalism exams during the academic year. The prize consists of a cheque for £250 and a certificate.

Media law
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The Oxford University Press media law award is presented to the student with the best performance in essential the media law exam during the academic year. Students must achieve 80 per cent or more in the media law paper. The prize consists of a cheque for £250 and a certificate. 

Media law: court reporting
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The Johnston Press media law: court reporting award is presented to the student with the best performance in the media law: court reporting exam during the academic year. Students must achieve 80 per cent or more in the court reporting paper. The prize consists of a cheque for £250 and a certificate. 

Production journalism
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The production journalism award is presented to the student producing the best performance in the production journalism exam during the academic year. The prize consists of a cheque for £250 and a certificate. 

Public affairs
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The Oxford University Press public affairs award is presented to the student with the best performance in the essential public affairs exam during the academic year. Students must achieve 80 per cent or more in the public affairs paper. The prize consists of a cheque for £250 and a certificate. 

Reporting
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The Archant award for reporting is presented to the student with the best performance in the reporting exam during the academic year. The prize consists of a cheque for £250 and a certificate. 

Shorthand 100 wpm
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The Society of Editors shorthand award is presented to the student who submitted the best shorthand note and transcription which was marked as 100 per cent accurate at a speed of 100wpm. The prize consists of a cheque for £250 and a certificate. 

Shorthand 110/120 wpm
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The Sky Sports News shorthand award is presented to the student who submits the best shorthand note and transcription which was marked as 100 per cent accurate at a speed of 110 or 120wpm. The prize consists of a cheque for £250 and a certificate. 

Sports journalism
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The Premier League sports journalism award is presented to the student with the best performance in the sports journalism exam during the academic year. The prize consists of a cheque for £250 and a certificate.

The winner will also be invited to visit IMG Studios, which is the home of Premier League Productions.

Videojournalism
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The Mustard TV videojournalism award is presented to the student with the best performance in the videojournalism for online exam during the academic year. The winner receives a certificate and cheque for £250.