Diploma awards presented by Financial Times deputy editor at 2020 Student Council conference

Twelve students have been rewarded for achieving the best results in the 2018-19 NCTJ Diploma in Journalism exams.

The Diploma in Journalism awards were presented at the 2020 Student Council conference, held today at the Financial Times in London.

The ceremony was hosted by Patrick Jenkins, deputy editor of the Financial Times.

Addressing the student representatives present at the event, he said: “Now you have begun your journalism training, you will have an idea of the high standards that the NCTJ demands from its students and trainees.

“This is because those high standards are what is expected of you when you embark on your careers in this exciting and competitive industry.

“I hope that the award recipients inspire you to work hard and do well in your NCTJ exams.”

To the diploma award winners, he said: “Passing the diploma exams is a great achievement, but to get the highest marks in the UK is exceptional.”

Each winner receives a certificate and a cheque for £250 from the award sponsor.

The full list of winners is as follows:

The ITV News broadcast journalism award
Sophie Reaper, University of Salford

The Facebook production journalism award
Costanza Pearce, PA Training

The Mark Allen Group business of magazines award
Sophie Bird, NCTJ distance learning

The Society of Editors shorthand award (100wpm)
Marthe de Ferrer, News Associates Manchester

The Sky Sports News shorthand award (110 wpm)
Ella Jerman, News Associates London
Jennifer Tombs, News Associates London

The Archant essential journalism award
Adam Landau, University of Kent

The Archant videojournalism award
Harry McMullen, Leeds Trinity University

The Oxford University Press essential media law award
Rory Sullivan, PA Training

The Oxford University Press public affairs award
Kishan Vaghela, News Associates London

The JPIMedia media law: court reporting award
David Marriott, The University of Sheffield

The Premier League sports journalism award
Sam France, News Associates Manchester