The NCTJ presents two awards at annual public affairs seminar
Monday 20th September 2010
The NCTJ’s annual public affairs seminar took place at the Local Government Association in
Alexandra Sage, who was a student on
Lorraine Proudlock, the public affairs tutor at
Melissa Ittoo, who was on the fast-track certificate in journalism (sub-editing) course at Brighton Journalist Works in 2009-10, was awarded The LGCommunications Public Affairs Award for the most outstanding public affairs, local government paper. Richard Lindfield, the public affairs tutor at Brighton Journalist Works, accepted the award at the seminar on Melissa’s behalf. Melissa said, “I am extremely honoured. I am sure that the public affairs knowledge I have gained will be of great value to my career.”
To enter each award, students must achieve 80 per cent or more in the respective central or local government papers. The prizes each consist of a cheque for £250 and a certificate.
A variety of current central and local government public affairs topics were presented at the seminar. David Natzler, clerk of legislation at the House of Commons, discussed recent changes to the workings of the House of Commons, and Simon Duffin, head of press at the UK Office of the European Parliament, gave an update on the European Parliament.
Local government topics included local government scrutiny arrangements, which were addressed by Jonathan Hill-Brown, scrutiny officer for the London Borough of Hounslow and Matt Clack, scrutiny officer for the London Borough of Hackney; and Ben Kind, the public affairs and campaigns manager for the Local Government Association, gave an overview on local government, which included localism.
Janet Jones, the new chair and chief examiner of the NCTJ public affairs board, presented the public affairs syllabus and assessments for the new NCTJ diploma, which is launching this autumn.
Joanne Butcher, chief executive of the NCTJ, gave special recognition to Amanda Ball, who recently stepped down as chair and chief examiner of public affairs.
Amanda started teaching public affairs to journalism students at
Joanne said, “Amanda remains one of the NCTJ’s biggest supporters and is involved in so many aspects of our work for which I am very grateful. She really deserves all our thanks for the amazing work she has done on the NCTJ’s public affairs syllabus and exams.”