Three awards which celebrate innovation and diversity in journalism education and training were presented at the NCTJ Awards for Excellence, sponsored by News UK.
Fourteen publishers are joining the Community News Project (CNP), as the scheme expands with £6 million funding from Meta.
The Community News Project will create up to 100 community reporter roles, as the scheme is expanded with new funding.
"Reporting on and about a community that you live, socialise and have worked in is important to me."
It has meant the world to me to be given an opportunity to stand with those young people that feel they aren't good enough.
"Reflecting upon the ghastly historic coverage of my community, one thing rings true: words have power. And by proxy, the press has the power to influence public opinion. As a journalist, I consider it my duty to play my role in the drive for positive social change."
A charity champion has described how her relationship with a community news reporter has really made an impact within the black community and helped instil trust in the media.
"I saw the Facebook community journalism project as an exciting initiative that was looking to put local communities at the heart of regional news, something I have been immensely proud to have been part of."
"I’ve always believed that everyone has a story to tell, often more than one, and I wanted to help showcase those voices through my writing."