Lecturer scoops third green journalism gong in four years

Reporting and Writing Lecturer Sarah Lonsdale won her third award for environmental reporting at a national press awards ceremony this week. Winning the award for 'environment and sustainability writer of the year' for her Sunday Telegraph weekly columns at the National Press Property Awards in London, Sarah was praised for her in-depth knowledge of the subject and her 'engaging writing style'. This is the third award for environmental journalism Sarah has won in four years.

NCTJ Newswriting joy for third years!

Congratulations to our second tranche of third years who heard they passed the NCTJ Newswriting exam this week. This brings to 11 out of 15 students - nearly three quarters of the year group - who have passed this difficult test. Special praise is due to Beckah Floyd who top-scored on 62 per cent, winning herself a B grade. Our third years' success should be a spur to those second years taking the test later this month. Well done everybody.

Congratulations to the third years who acheived a 100 per cent pass rate for their NCTJ portfolios!

Well done to our third years, our first cohort of students, who have just received their National Council for the training of Journalists (NCTJ) portfolio marks. All passed, with John Saunders and Alan McGuinness both scooping A-grades. Everyone did well, however, so well done, I know how much work you put into them. Onwards and Upwards.

How the silent nanny state is killing local journalism

If you missed Start the Week this morning it is well worth listening to tonight, Radio Four, 21.30. In this programme investigative journalist Heather Brooke (it was she who first uncovered the MPs' expenses scandal before the Telegraph bought the information from its infamous mole) discusses her new book The Silent State,  where she reveals the true extent of council-funded freesheets and their catastrophic effect on local journalism and thus local democracy.

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