Trio on shortlist for top awards

Three newspaper journalism students are on the shortlist for prestigious NCTJ awards.

Tom Jenkin and Ben Watts are two of just three people in the running for top scoop/exclusive.

On shortlist: Tom Jenkin, Ben Watts and Chris Peddy

On shortlist: Tom Jenkin, Ben Watts and Chris Peddy

Chris Peddy is shortlisted for feature writer of the year.

Tom, who is news editor for student website The Tab, found a story about England cricketer Gary Ballance disgracing himself in a Nottingham nightclub http://tab.co.uk/2014/07/16/off-ballance-england-cricketer-absolutely-fed-after-test-draw/

It appeared in several national newspapers the following day.

Ben, who is now a freelance sports reporter for BBC Radio Kent and uefa.com, wrote a story about a golfer whose life was saved by a new defibrillator after he had a heart attack. It was a front page lead in the Nottingham Post.

Chris, now a trainee reporter with the Derby Telegraph, submitted two features – one about a dad’s battle with cancer http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Family-stronger-Derbyshire-dad-s-diagnosis-cancer/story-21937318-detail/story.html and an interview with Sir Ranulph Fiennes http://www.nottinghampost.com/Hopefully-people-inspired-says-Sir-Ranulph/story-21264875-detail/story.html

All three will graduate next month – Ben and Chris with MAs, Tom with a postgraduate diploma.

The winners will be announced at the NCTJ Journalism Skills Conference gala dinner and awards ceremony on November 27.

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