NCTJ Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2009 presented by BBC director of news

Promising young journalists and photographers were today rewarded for their hard work and commitment when they received NCTJ Awards for Excellence in Journalism from Helen Boaden, the BBC’s director of news.

Helen Boaden presented awards to 13 promising reporters and photographers at the Society of Editors’ conference in Stansted today.

Announcing the award winners, Kim Fletcher, NCTJ chairman, said: “Journalism is undergoing a period of dramatic change where skills needed to work in print, broadcast and online news delivery are converging.

“Students now need to know how to work across all platforms to stand out from the crowd and the need for excellence is greater than ever. The winners of these awards have demonstrated this value of excellence which has always been at the heart of the NCTJ.”

The category winners were:

News Journalism

Student: Tim Fletcher, City of Wolverhampton College
Trainee: Arron Hendy, Dorset Echo

Sports Journalism

Student: George Scott, News Associates, London
Trainee: David Jordan, Grimsby Telegraph

Top Scoop

Student: Juliet Conway, Brighton Journalist Works (winner)
Student: Jessica Shankleman, Cardiff University (highly commended)

Features of the year

Student: Harriet Webster, NoSWeat Journalism Training
Trainee: Emily Koch, Bristol Evening Post

Images of the year

Student: Bethany Clarke, The Sheffield College, Norton
Trainee: Leah McLaren, Derby Telegraph

Three awards for the best performance in examinations leading to the NCTJ Preliminary Certificate in Newspaper Journalism, NCE for Reporters and NCE for Photographers were also presented.

The winners were:

NCTJ Student Journalist of the Year

Mary Hamilton, Press Association Training

NCTJ Photographer of the Year

Hannah Kinver, South Wales Evening Post

NCTJ Reporter of the Year

Victoria Carr, Wetherby News

Spencer Feeney, editor of the South Wales Evening Post, paid tribute to Hannah Kinver, winner of the NCTJ Photographer of the Year award.

Mr Feeney said: "Hannah was a first class trainee. Her enthusiasm and commitment were exemplary. She was always keen to learn from her colleagues, and had an excellent attitude towards her NCTJ training. She thoroughly deserves this award, and I am sure she is going to achieve great success in her career as a press photographer."

The final award judges were: Martin Daubney, editor, Loaded; Kim Fletcher, chairman, NCTJ; Geoff Martin, editor, Hampstead & Highgate Express Series; Rob Rathbone, photography board, NCTJ; Bob Satchwell, executive director, Society of Editors; Karen Swayne, features editor, Prima.

The shortlisting award judges were: Jon Austin, specialist investigations reporter, Basildon Echo; Kevan Blackadder, editor, Gloucestershire Echo; Jon Colman, sports reporter, The Cumberland News; Paul Durrant, freelance journalist; Simon Hulme, photographer, Yorkshire Post; Lee Marlow, feature writer, Leicester Mercury; Murray Morse, editor, Daily Sport; Alice Ryan, feature writer, Cambridge News; Paul Sanders, picture editor, The Times; and John Wilson, group editorial trainer, Johnston Press.

The NCTJ chairman’s award will be announced by Kim Fletcher, at the Journalism Skills Conference 2009 at BBC Scotland’s Pacific Quay headquarters in Glasgow, on Thursday, 3 December, 2009.