NCTJ Awards for Excellence shortlist announced

The shortlist for the NCTJ Awards for Excellence 2010 has been announced and is available to view on the website here.

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.

The awards are split into five categories: news journalism; sports journalism; top scoop/exclusive; features of the year; and images of the year. Each category has two awards, one for students and one for trainees. 14 students and 15 trainees have been shortlisted for awards from more than 100 entrants.  There are also three performance awards, based on exam results, which are presented to the best NCTJ part-qualified and fully-qualified journalists / photographers: NCTJ Student Journalist of the Year, NCTJ Photographer of the Year and NCTJ Reporter of the Year.

Entries were judged on elements including the style of writing and delivery, story construction and use of quotes, originality, human interest potential, evidence of research, and captions and production values for images.

The standard of this year’s entries was commended as ‘remarkable’ by the shortlisting judges and this quality is demonstrative of the high standards required of all students on NCTJ-accredited courses and trainees working towards the NCE.

The awards will be presented at the Society of Editors Conference in Glasgow on 15 November. NCTJ chief executive Joanne Butcher, who is contributing to a debate on ‘Journalists for the Future’, will be announcing the winners at the event. More information is available here.