NCTJ Awards for Excellence 2019 open for entries

The NCTJ Awards for Excellence, which recognise the achievements of talented individuals with promising journalism careers ahead of them, is now open for entries for 2019.

The annual awards are free to enter, and are open to students, trainees and apprentices in the following categories:

  • News journalism
  • Sports journalism
  • Top scoop
  • Features
  • Multimedia story/campaign

All shortlisted entrants will be invited to the prestigious gala dinner and ceremony on 28 November at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, where the winners will be announced.

Amy Gibbons, news reporter at the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star, won the 2018 trainee top scoop award. She said: “I am so glad I decided to enter the NCTJ awards last year. Throwing your name in the hat can seem daunting, but it’s quick to do and extremely rewarding if you are successful.

“Shortly after I was shortlisted I was approached by a national paper looking for freelancers, and after I won the award I received recognition online and in print.”

Dan Sansom, freelance journalist for Sky Sports News and winner of the 2018 student multimedia story award said: “Winning the award is my best achievement so far in my short career as a journalist. The award has also helped me further my career at Sky Sports News.”

Jessica Cripps, journalist at Kennedy News and Media and last year’s student news journalist of the year said: “When I won, I was absolutely stunned and delighted. It was one of those moments that I couldn't believe was happening and will never forget. It is already one of the highlights of my career.”

Performance awards will also be presented to the accredited courses with the best results, as well as the best performing student, trainee and apprentice of the year.

The innovation of the year award, which encourages and recognises innovation in journalism education and training, is also open for entries, as well as the equality, diversion and inclusion award, now in its second year.

Finally, nominations are welcome for the NCTJ chairman’s award, which recognises an individual’s outstanding contribution to high standards of journalism training. He or she could be an editor, a tutor or anyone who has made a meaningful impact on the training of journalists.

The deadline for entries is Friday, 20 September at 5pm. Click here for full details on submissions guidelines and rules of entry.