NCTJ journalist named Young Journalist of the Year

A NCTJ journalist has been named Young Journalist of the Year at an awards ceremony sponsored by the Daily Mail. Inderdeep Bains won the title as part of the GG2 Asian Trader Group Leader and Diversity Awards held in London this month.

The glamorous annual awards ceremony celebrates the achievements of people from ethnic minorities in Great Britain. It was hosted by comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli and attended by chief guest billionaire Vijay Mallya.

Inderdeep works for the Slough and Windsor Observer and in just two years, has risen to the position of chief reporter. She successfully obtained her NCE earlier this year while working for the Slough and Windsor Observer and had previously achieved her preliminary certificate at Bournemouth University.

The judges praised her tenacity and nose for a story, highlighting in particular her exclusives on the family of Chris Brown, who was murdered by gunman Raoul Moat, and also for accessing David Cameron for an important interview.

Inderdeep said: “I was so pleased to be short-listed, so to go on and actually win it is brilliant. To be given an award for doing something I love and am so passionate about is a huge achievement for me."

As well as a cash prize, Inderdeep also won a week’s training at the Daily Mail.