Alice Preece

Awards for Excellence 2021 results

Find out the results of the Awards for Excellence 2021 and take a look at all the shortlisted work.


University of Sheffield – Winner

Nottingham Trent University- Commended

University of Kent – Commended

Sponsored by the Financial Times

Jem Collins, Journo Resources – Winner

News UK – Highly Commended

Sophia Alexandra Hall, Classic FM – Commended

Isabelle Jani-Friend, freelance journalist – Commended


Student news journalism

Elsa Maishman, NCTJ distance learner – Winner
Coronavirus in Scotland: ‘Wasted doses’ of Covid-19 vaccine labelled ‘disgrace’ by NHS staff at EICC
‘Everybody’s just tired’ – inside the Covid-19 ICU in Edinburgh where staff are still under pressure as cases fall
Covid Scotland: NHS may need to cut all non-urgent care this winter, say unions

Neha Gohil, News Associates London – Highly commended
Heathrow: Government refused quarantine exemption for ‘severely disabled’ 9-year-old boy who later had a ‘meltdown’ in hotel
‘The Taliban put a gun to my head and took my car’: Hounslow family-of-12 escape Kabul after cousin ‘shot dead’ at airport
Southwark couple slam ‘inhumane’ treatment from council after being ‘blamed’ for chronic leaks destroying their home

David Averre, News Associates London – Commended
Jailed for telling the truth: Father reveals his US Lt. Col. Marine son is languishing in THE BRIG for blasting leaders over chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal
Searches and leases of electric cars soar amid UK petrol station closures
How China’s energy crisis is making the global computer chip shortage even worse as production cuts lead to shortage of silicon


Trainee news journalism

Shona Elliot, Edinburgh Evening News – Winner
Inhumane to leave us suffering like this, says long Covid victim
When will we get our jags, First Minister?

Sophie Perry, Oxford Mail – Commended
Oxford men whipped with belt buckle in homophobic attack
18 year-old spiked in Oxford on night out with friends
Oxfordshire pig farmers ‘broken’ by labour shortages

Melissa Sigodo, MyLondon – Commended
Christopher arrived here aged 7. Tomorrow he’ll be deported to Zimbabwe. This is his story
‘Rowdy’ pensioners facing arrest and £100 fine for playing dominoes too loudly in West London square
‘It’s still very raw’: Dad who lost 6 relatives in Grenfell fire raced to tower to find it ‘ablaze’

Student sports journalism

Tomas Hill Lopez-Menchero, News Associates London – Winner
How the famous Panini sticker books remain iconic in a digital age
Raducanu-mania takes hold in streets where she grew up
The remarkable story of Huracan FC London

David Averre, News Associates London – Highly commended
Boot-mounted tracker analyses future stars at Premier League scouting day in Gunnersbury Park
London Lions on the hunt for British Basketball League glory
Formula One Season Preview: New Names, New Tracks and Closer Racing

Katie Catherall, NCTJ distance learner – Commended
Women in sport with Katie Catherall
LISTEN: Has technology changed the way we view sport?
A year in sport 2020


Trainee sports journalism

Rachel Steinberg, Sportsbeat – Winner
Vital refugee women’s football club Comfort’s Angels faces looming cash crunch
The other side of a teenager’s racing dream
Being a Paralympian and avoiding the O-word

Ellen McCarthy, Sky Sports News – Highly commended
GB sprinter Imani-Lara Lansiquot on Tokyo Olympics, racism and lockdown lessons
Tiger Woods car crash

Nathan Atkinson, Bradford Telegraph & Argus – Commended
Concussion struggles for Salem coach
In time of strife, let’s laud rugby union
Tetley open as Covid hits his life and boxing

Simeon Wright, talkSPORT – Commended
Interview with Steve Archibald
Dulwich Hamlet chairman comes out fighting as club could face penalties if they don’t fulfill fixtures
YE1 SPECIAL with Fabrice Muamba

Student top scoop

Sophia Alexandra Hall, News Associates London – Winner
Care Leavers Facing ‘Vile’ Assessments in Postcode Lottery when Becoming Mothers

Phoebe Dampare Osei, News Associates London – Highly commended
Exclusive: Barrister who called schoolgirl a ‘stroppy teenager of colour’ faces £50,000 fine

Lucia Banks, Harlow College – Winner
The impact of Covid restrictions on UK prisoners

Trainee top scoop

Shazad Hussain, Berkshire Live and Buckinghamshire Live – Winner
Covid lockdown in Slough: Families to be charged £40 to watch dead relative’s funeral online

Charlotte McLaughlin, East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star – Highly commended
Questions mount over ‘incredibly dangerous’ Hatfield tower block

Bradley Deas, Bradford Telegraph & Argus – Commended
Mother’s anguish at having to film toddler son with strokes


Student features

Maddy Mussen, PA Training – Winner
‘I did three grams of coke during a game’: Inside football’s problem with Class A drugs
‘Not all incels are violent’: Meet the people helping woman-haters see sense

Helen Brown, News Associates London – Highly commended
Embedded design
Outdated practices are causing preventable coil insertion pain

Cal Gaunt, News Associates Manchester – Commended
The breathtaking tale of a fallen hero and his boys in green and gold
Lancashire County Cricket Club investigating players over ‘abhorrent’ historic tweets


Trainee features

Rory Sullivan, the Independent – Winner
Can a people’s tribunal give Uighurs the justice they so desperately need?
‘I can live freely’: Life in Britain after fleeing Hong Kong

Dani Cole, The Mill – Highly commended
Saving the last wooden canal boats from the ravages of time
‘I was so proud to be the postmistress of Dukinfield’

Sofia Della Sala, OxfordshireLive – Commended
Oxford comma: The grammar rule featured in Vampire Weekend’s hit song
Black History Month: The UK’s first black barrister who studied at Oxford


Student podcast

Bobby Twidale, Nottingham Trent University – Winner
Walking and talking podcast – hedge laying

Sanny Rudravajhala, University of Salford – Highly commended
Journalism revision: IPSO Editors’ Code

Jack Shute, University of Gloucestershire – Commended
A Change of Sex: the story of Julia Grant and the film’s director with David Pearson


Trainee podcast

Carolina Herranz-Carr, ITV, and Charlie Jones, BBC – Winner
Trial by Media: Lockdown laws

Connor Gormley, Winchester Today – Highly commended
Winchester Today’s ArtsPlus podcast

Immy Share, NewsShopper – Commended
‘Enough is enough’: Social media trolls and diverse or minority journalists

Student data journalism

Jacklin Kwan, News Associates Manchester – Winner
Exclusive: Homicides spiked in Manchester during the pandemic, new data shows

Natasha Livingstone, News Associates London – Highly commended
Are We Witnessing Progress in How Parliament Discusses Race?

Natalie Crookham, Kingston University – Commended
‘They are a lifeline to the lonely and disadvantaged’

Beth Gulliver, Cardiff University – Commended
Lockdown 3.0: which streaming service is best for you?


Trainee data journalism

Laura Parnaby, PA Media – Winner
Assaults on police officers up by 21% over lockdown, with rise in spitting

Matilda Martin, Tes – Highly commended
Only 4 Percent of Online Abuse Reported to the Met Leads to Criminal Charges


Best student project

Actually Autistic: Hiding in Plain Sight, University of Kent – Winner

Transplants – The Patients on Pause, University of Kent – Highly commended

Noelle, University of Sunderland – Commended


Community News Project award

Naomi de Souza, CoventryLive – Winner
‘Brown is beautiful’: Reaction to sale of skin lightening products in Coventry
Coventry son’s fears for father who served with British Army and is stuck in Helmand Province

Rosie Boon, Peterborough Telegraph – Highly commended
Peterborough couples describe distress due to IVF support ending
IVF services reinstated for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire leaving campaigners overjoyed

Alex Davis, DevonLive – Commended
Devon family facing homelessness this Christmas
Winkleigh: Inside middle-of-nowhere village that’s like one big family

Bradley Deas, Bradford Telegraph & Argus – Commended
Greengates and Apperley Bridge ready to awaken from Covid-19
St Walburga’s Primary in Shipley to install CCTV amid drug fears

Laoise Gallagher, KentOnline – Commended
Schoolboy drag queen, 12, from Broadstairs takes to stage at Canterbury Pride just weeks after first public appearance as ‘Miss Oatie T’
Street Angels launch ‘School Uniform Bank’ for disadvantaged pupils ahead of new school year


Apprentice of the year award

Max Stephens, The Telegraph/PA Training – Winner

Jody Doherty-Cove, Brighton Argus/Highbury College

Aisha Zahid, Sky News/PA Training – Highly commended

Sophie Skyring, Norwich Evening News/Darlington College – Commended


Student of the year award

Alice Preece, University of Sheffield – Winner

Paul Kilbey, News Associates Manchester – Highly commended

Elaine McCallig, News Associates London – Highly commended

Imran Marashli, PA Training – Commended

Georgina Quach, University of Sheffield – Commended

Daisy Stephens, Kingston University – Commended


Trainee of the year award

Abigail Maclure, Yorkshire Evening Post – Winner

Ryan Evans, Basingstoke Gazette – Highly commended

Brogan Maguire, Sheffield Star – Commended

James Robinson, Hexham Courant – Commended


Chairman’s award

The Chairman’s award 2021 has been awarded to Karen Ballam

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