NCTJ Media Law Award 2017

Jenny Richards, who graduated from BJW in June 2017, has won the Oxford University Press Media Law and Regulation award. Jenny studied with BJW on our September 2016 Fast Track Diploma course and achieved 93% in her Media Law exam.

Jenny said: “Huge, huge thank-you to my media law tutor, Pete Taylor, and all the BJW team. Definitely couldn’t have got that award without all of your help.”

Using the skills she acquired at BJW, Jenny runs social media for St Margaret’s House, a community charity based in Bethnal Green. She also provides content for the London Playwrights’ Blog as well as writing plays herself.

Social Media Journalist of the Year 2017

Congratulations to BJW alumni Alastair Reid for winning the Social Media Journalist of the Year award 2017. Alastair, who is a social media journalist with the Press Association, is an innovator when it comes to verifying news sources and information on social media platforms.

His winning submission outlined some of Alastair’s ground-breaking work:

  • Verifying identities of the victims of the Grenfell fire, with families’ permission
  • Securing permission for pictures/video from the Parsons Green bomb before any other news organisation
  •  Verifying and debunking the videos Donald Trump re-tweeted from Britain First.

NCTJ Trainee Feature Writer of the Year and Scoop of the Year 2015-16

NCTJ Awards for Excellence 2015-16 winners, Rosy Cherrington and Shanti Das NCTJ Awards for Excellence 2015-16 winners, Rosy Cherrington and Shanti Das

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:

“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.

Regional Press Awards Young Journalist of the Year 2014, Gareth Davies. Picture by: Nick Carter, MagStar Ltd.

Regional Press Awards Young Journalist of the Year 2014 Gareth Davies.
Picture: Nick Carter, MagStar Ltd.

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

Regional Press Awards Young Journalist of the Year 2013 Ben Leo

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

Award-winning Anna McNay with Paul Linford, editor HoldtheFrontPage

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



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