NCTJ-trained journalist wins Cudlipp award at British Press Awards

Pictures: Top, Daily Mirror journalist Nick Sommerlad and Walter Greenwood, below.

An NCTJ-trained journalist is a member of the investigative team who won the Cudlipp award for outstanding tabloid journalism at the British Press Awards on Tuesday.

The award was won by The Daily Mirror for the regular series Andrew Penman and Nick Sommerlad Investigate.

Journalist Nick Sommerlad completed the NCTJ-accredited fast-track course at Harlow College. He started work on the The Echo, Basildon, before later joining The Daily Mirror.

Nick said: “It is a huge honour to win the Cudlipp award and carry on the Mirror's tradition of campaigning journalism.

“I'm lucky enough to have the job I always wanted and this is the icing on the cake.”

Another journalist nominated for the Cudlipp award was Mark Hughes, crime correspondent with The Independent, for a series of articles based on a job swap with journalist Justin Fenton, crime correspondent with The Baltimore Sun. Mark completed the NCTJ-accredited BA (Hons) Journalism course at University of Central Lancashire.

Also honoured at the ceremony was Walter Greenwood, a former member of the NCTJ law board and former editor of MacNae’s Essential Law for Journalists. Walter was presented with the Journalists’ Charity Award at the awards ceremony at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.