NQJ awards

There are six awards for candidates in the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) exams.

Four are presented after each exam cycle (three a year), and there are also three annual awards.

Subject awards


  • Society of Editors’ Award for the best performance in the news interview exam

  • The Esso Award for the best performance in the news report exam

  • The Ted Bottomley Award for the best performance in the media law and practice exam

  • The Newsquest Award for the best logbook


Annual NQJ awards


  • The Eric Dobson Award is presented by the North East Press Awards in autumn each year. Worth £150 cash to the winner, it goes to the best NQJ candidate working on a newspaper in the area of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Cleveland. The award is sponsored by Robson Brown.

  • The TS Murray Award is presented annually by the Scottish Society of Editors to the best-performing candidate employed by a Scottish newspaper.

  • The annual Paul Durrant Award is presented by Archant to a journalist from the East of England for the best performance in the NQJ. The winner receives £250 and a certificate of achievement