NQJ awards

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

The Trainee of The Year award is presented at the Journalism Skills Conference to the overall best-performing candidate across the March, July and November exams. 

Awards are also given in each of the three exam components: media law and ethics in practice, the optional skills module and e-logbook. 

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 Media Law Award for the best performance in the media law and practice exam

  • The Newsquest Award for the best logbook