NCTJ Trainee Feature Writer of the Year and Scoop of the Year 2015-16
SWNS reporter Shanti Das and Huffington Post style writer Rosy Cherrington won the top scoop and features awards respectively at the National Council for the Training of Journalists Awards for Excellence 2015-16.
Shanti has a reputation for finding scoops and secured her job with SWNS before completing her NCTJ course at Brighton Journalist Works.
She was shortlisted for the Student Scoop of the Year Award 2014-15 for her story about students’ illegal trade in daily bus tickets.
Shanti won Trainee Scoop of the Year for an exclusive interview with Tara Hudson, a transgender woman who was sentenced to a male prison.
“The BJW course gave me the skills and confidence necessary to be a reporter. Without those things there’s no way I would have won the award and I doubt I’d be writing for the national papers.” Shanti
Trainee Feature Writer winner Rosy graduated from Brighton Journalist Works in 2014 and was shortlisted for the Student News Journalism Award 2013-14.
After interning with the Telegraph features team, Rosy writes for Huffington Post as well as her own fashion and beauty blog.
NCTJ Trainee News Reporter of the Year 2014-15
Argus reporter and BJW graduate Henry Holloway won the NCTJ News Journalism Award for Excellence 2014-15.
These are the three stories that caught the judges’ eyes:
- Life on the Edge in a detention centre, about the culture of abuse and self-harm at Brooke House Detention Centre at Gatwick Airport
- Dream Trip Turns into a Nightmare for Woman, 30, Locked in Quarantine in Thailand, about a Brighton jeweller who was quarantined after an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome
- London Bridge is Falling Down, about the sorry state of commuter rail services from Brighton to London.
“Having a course which threw me in at the deep end was invaluable in preparing me for life as a daily news reporter.” Henry
Young Journalist of the Year 2013 and 2014
For two years running a Brighton Journalist Works graduate has won Young Journalist of the Year at the Regional Press Awards.
Gareth Davies joined The Argus in July 2013 and impressed the judges with three great scoops.
He was the first reporter to contact the family of the first British suicide bomber in Syria.
Gareth also interviewed the family of two Brighton brothers who died fighting in Syria. His final award-winner was an exclusive from a whistle-blower about unqualified police officers investigating serious crime.
“It’s not very often someone puts their neck on the line. BJW had confidence in me. It’s quite something to have someone put their trust in you.” Gareth
Graduate Ben Leo won his Young Journalist of the Year prize with an investigation into the growth of fixed-odds betting machines. Since he highlighted the issue it has been taken up in every national newspaper and in Parliament.
“There is no doubt that without studying at Brighton Journalist Works I would not have even been considered for a national award.” Ben
NCTJ HoldTheFrontPage Production Journalism Award 2014
Anna McNay completed a short course in production journalism at Brighton Journalist Works in July 2014, achieving 82 per cent in the exam.
She is deputy editor of visual arts and photography magazine StateF22, arts editor and writer at DIVA magazine and an editorial assistant for an Elsevier linguistics journal.
“Pete was the best tutor I could have had – enthusiastic, encouraging, funny. He soon picked up on our individual strengths and weaknesses and supported us all accordingly.” Anna