NCTJ Chairman's Award honours public affairs guru

David Kett, senior examiner for the NCTJ and member of the public affairs board, has been honoured with the 2013 NCTJ Chairman’s Award for his outstanding contribution to journalism training and education.

David was presented with his award by NCTJ chairman Kim Fletcher following the gala dinner at the Journalism Skills Conference held at the gala dinner in the Print Room on 27 November.

During the presentation, Kim praised David for his“infectious enthusiasm” for his subject, estimating that he had taught at least two generations of journalists.

Kim added: “David Kett is the eminence grise of public affairs. He is highly respected by students and colleagues as a fantastic teacher and NCTJ examiner. David has been a delight to work with and has been unfailingly generous in his support to others. The NCTJ is fortunate to have such committed examiners supporting its work”.

David has taught public affairs on accredited courses for almost 40 years. He started teaching at Highbury College in 1971, and later taught at the University of Bournemouth and the Southampton Institute, as well as tutoring at Up to Speed journalism training. 

David has been a member of the NCTJ’s public affairs exam board for over 30 years. In this capacity, he has been responsible for setting and marking exams, designing and up-dating the programme of study and pioneering distance learning provision in this area.