"I took part in a journalism apprenticeship as part of my training with the Eastern Daily Press in 2018-19."
"Our apprentices play a key role in our newsrooms working closely with colleagues to help produce great community journalism stories."
"I have always enjoyed talking to people and finding out about their personal stories."
"Growing up as an ethnic minority in a marginalised community, I quickly noticed that people who looked like me and came from my background were seldom represented in the media."
As National Apprenticeship Week 2020 begins, the NCTJ is proud to support the campaign, co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service.
"I certainly wouldn't be writing this as news editor of my hometown paper if I hadn't gone down the apprentice path as a teenager."
A panel of editors were quizzed by students about how to stand out against the crowd when competing for journalism careers at the annual NCTJ Student Council conference.
Twelve students have been rewarded for achieving the best results in the 2018-19 NCTJ Diploma in Journalism exams.
Rhoda Morrison, senior reporter at the Bury Free Press, has been awarded the Paul Durrant Award for her outstanding performance in the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) exams.
Journalism Diversity Fund bursary recipients received an insight into how to look after their mental wellbeing in a webinar delivered by Claire Sanderson, editor-in-chief of Women’s Health and Roisin Dervish-O’Kane, senior editor at Women’s Health.
Student representatives from NCTJ courses, apprenticeship schemes and the Community News Project will gather at the 2020 Student Council conference, hosted by the Financial Times.