NCTJ principal examiner honoured at Journalism Skills Conference

Amanda Ball, lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and NCTJ principal examiner has been honoured with the 2011 NCTJ chairman’s award for her outstanding contribution to journalism training and education.

Amanda was presented with her award by NCTJ chairman Kim Fletcher following the gala dinner at the Journalism Skills Conference held at Belfast City Hall on 30 November.

Amanda first started teaching journalism students in 1988 at Sheffield College. She joined the public affairs board in 1993 and just one year later became chair, taking over from the legendary David Kett.

Amanda also took over the teaching of law while at Sheffield, and has been teaching both subjects at Nottingham Trent University since 2003.

Amanda became the NCTJ’s first principal examiner and in this role she continues to advise on a wide range of quality assurance and standards issues. She is also a member of the media law and photography exam boards and has just completed the programme of study and assessments for broadcast journalism regulation.

Last year she stepped down from the public affairs board but remains one of the NCTJ’s biggest supporters and is involved in so many aspects of the organisation’s work.