"I am delighted to have won the award for best NCTJ Public Affairs exam paper. Lots of well-motivated students study for the NCTJ exams every year, so to be told that you've achieved the best marks in the country feels like a big achievement."

Nikki Corfield, Graduate


Our journalism tutors offer many decades of real-world experiences. They pass on knowledge and experience and our students are winning awards nationally.


NCTJ Trainee Features Writer of the Year & Scoop of the Year 2015-16

SWNS reporter Shanti Das and Huffington Post style writer Rosy Cherrington, won the features and top scoop awards respectively, at the NCTJ Awards for Excellence for 2015-16.

Shanti has a reputation for finding scoops and secured her job with SWNS before completing her NCTJ course at Brighton Journalist Works in June 2015.

She was shortlisted for the Student Scoop of the Year Award for 2014-15, for her story about students' illegal trade in daily bus tickets.

This year she won Trainee Scoop of the Year for an exclusive interview with Tara Hudson, a transgender woman who was sentenced to a male prison.

 I'm absolutely ecstatic to have won - I totally didn't expect it.

I'm particularly pleased that the judges liked my article about a transgender woman

who was sent to an all-male prison because the wider issue is something I'm really interested in.

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 Das, reporter SWNS

Wwinner Scoop of the Year 2015-16


Trainee Feature Writer winner Rosy, graduated from Brighton Journalist Works in 2014, and was shortlisted for the Student News Journalism Award for 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

Brighton Argus reporter Henry Holloway won the NCTJ News Journalism Award for Excellence for 2014-15.

Henry was one of three Brighton Journalist Works graduates nominated across two categories at the event held in Birmingham.

His three stories were:

Young Journalist of the Year 2014 and 2013


For the second year in a row a Brighton Journalist Works graduate has won Young Journalist of the Year 2014 at the Regional Press Awards.

Gareth Davies joined The Argus in July 2013 and won his award for three great scoops.

He was the first reporter to contact the family of the first British suicide bomber in Syria, securing an exclusive.

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.

Graduate Ben Leo won the 2013 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.

Despite it being nearly two years since I completed my Brighton Journalist Works fast track course I still put into practice everything I learned on a daily basis.

Having a course which threw me in a deep end was invaluable in preparing me for life as a daily news reporter.

Henry Holloway, graduate

It's not very often someone puts their neck on the line. They had confidence in me. It's quite something to have someone put their trust in you.

Gareth Davies, Graduate

There is no doubt that without studying at Brighton Journalist Works I would not have even been considered for a national award. Being given the chance to study above the offices of a daily newspaper – and contribute stories to  its newsroom – is something that sets BJW apart from the rest.

Ben Leo, Graduate


NCTJ Holdthefrontpage Production Journalism Award 2014

Anna McNay completed a short course in production journalism here at Journalist Works in July 2014, achiving 82% 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.

I decided to do the week-long production journalism course at Brighton Journalist Works so as to have a recognised NCTJ qualification in subbing, as I thought this might be something I could do to help boost my income, alongside writing.

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.

I learnt so much more than expected on the course - how to use InDesign, a crash course in media law, a bit of Quark Express, and, of course, proofing, cutting to fit and how to write headlines. I loved every minute of the week and wish my day job could be just like it!.  

Anna McNay, Graduate

Oxford University Press Public Affairs Award

Ros Branagan, who now works as a sub-editor at The Mail on Sunday’s YOU magazine, has won a national award for top marks in her NCTJ exams.
She won £250 for the Oxford University Press public affairs award for best performance in the Diploma PA exam.

I’m delighted to have won this award, as I found studying the subject really worthwhile. I’d like to thank my tutor, Richard Lindfield, and everyone else at Brighton Journalist Works for their support and encouragement.

Ros Branagan, Graduate

NCTJ Society of Editor's Shorthand Award 2014

Daniel Woolfson, who works as food writer for the Publican's Morning Advertiser, won a national award for his shorthand.

He passed his 100wpm shorthand exam with 100% accuracy to win the Society of Editor's NCTJ Shorthand Award in February 2015.

It’s turned out to be pretty priceless considering I use it every day. There’s a lot of people who record calls now, who type stuff in while on the phone, but I use shorthand because it’s much simpler and I’ve got it down physically. Roxanne was a phenominal teacher, I couldn't have done it without her.

Daniel Woolfson, Graduate

NCTJ Student News Journalism award 2011

Scarlett Wrench, who now works as a sub-editor at Men’s Health magazine won the NCTJ award for Student News Journalist of the Year.

My award entries were stories I wrote while on my internship with the Crawley Observer, one of my local papers. I owe a lot to the people I was working with there for trusting me to take on some of the bigger stories – rather than just leaving me to make tea and chase up missing cats.I've had so much to celebrate recently – my new job, leaving home for the first time, turning 22… I brought my Grandma to the awards to thank her for paying for my journalism course.

Scarlett Wrench, Graduate


NCTJ Public Affairs Awards 2009 and 2010

Award-Winning Journalist Melissa Ittoo – Best Public Affairs Local Government exam paper 2010

I am extremely honoured and delighted to have been awarded the prize for public affairs local government. This is undoubtedly a major success in my career pathway as a journalist. Thank you to everyone at Brighton Journalist Works for the hard work and great experience.

Melissa Ittoo, Graduate

Best Public Affairs Part One exam paper 2009

I am delighted to have won the award for best NCTJ Public Affairs exam paper.

Lots of well-motivated students study for the NCTJ exams every year, so to be told that you've achieved the best marks in the country feels like a big achievement.

Nikki Corfield, Graduate

Nikki received the award and £250 cash after achieving 93% for the local government exam.


Award-Winning Journalist Nicola Newson - Best Public Affairs Part Two exam paper 2009

Winning the award for the best central government paper seems particularly appropriate as I am just about to start work as a researcher at the House of Lords. Studying at Journalist Works definitely helped me to land a great new job.

Nicky Newson, Graduate

Nicky received the award and £250 cash after achieving 94% for the central government exam.

NCTJ's National Award for "Scoop of the Year"

Award-Winning Journalist Juliet Conway - "Top Scoop" - 2009

20 year old Juliet uncovered a story about a medical student at Sussex University, who died after taking the drug GBL. The drug was bought legally over the internet.

I was amazed even to be short-listed, but when I found out I won, I was over the moon. I got the scoop during my first week of the course.

The story was on the front page of The Argus the following day. It was all very surreal, but this award has really been the icing on the cake."

Juliet Conway, Graduate

View Juliet's front page story as a PDF

Award-Winning Journalist Steven Kelly - "Top Scoop" - 2008

Alan Rusbridger (Editor of The Guardian) was among the elite panel, choosing Steven's expose on the transport of toxic waste, published in The News of The World.

I feel proud to say I'm now an award-winning journalist and that would not be possible had I not enrolled on the course.

Steven Kelly, Graduate

Bob Satchwell, Executive Director of The Society of Editors said:

"The NCTJ qualification is the key to a job in journalism. The NCTJ awards therefore, recognise the best of the best journalists in training."

I am so thrilled that three of our students have won top prizes in these prestigious awards. These are three exceptional women who worked extremely hard and took full advantage of our top quality training.

Richard Lindfield, MD, Journalist Works

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NCTJ Awards for Excellence 2015-16 winners,

Rosy Cherrington and Shanti Das


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Regional Press Awards Young Journalist of the
Year 2014, Gareth Davies.

Picture by: Nick Carter, MagStar Ltd. 



Award-winning Daniel Woolfson with Bob Satchwell, executive director, Society of Editors


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Award-winning Anna McNay with Paul Linford, editor, HoldtheFrontPage




Award-Winning Ros Branagan


Award-Winning Ben Leo


Award-Winning Scarlett Wrench


Award-Winning Journalist Melissa Ittoo


From left: Nicola Newson, NCTJ chairman Kim Fletcher, Nikki Corfield and Paula O'Shea


Juliet's story made the front page of The Argus and sparked a nationwide debate about legal internet drugs.


Award-Winning Journalist Steven Kelly