Simon’s scoop lands him place on awards shortlist

Talented trainee journalist Simon Murfitt was nominated for scoop of the year at the NCTJ awards.

The front page story...

The front page story…

The 23-year-old, who graduated from BA Print Journalism in 2014, has been working for the Brentwood Gazette since he left.

He was shortlisted for the award after his paper splashed with his exclusive about a heritage railway station that was hired out for a porn movie to be filmed there.

Simon said the story was the highlight of his career so far after it went in most national papers in print and online.

He added: “As well as being funny it gave me a great buzz to know that the story would shock everyone.

“In fact, the paper came out on April Fools’ Day and a lot of people thought it was a hoax, including the Daily Mail who phoned the newsroom to ask if was real or not.”

The Arsenal fan lived with four other print students who are now also working on newspapers – Sam Wildman (Northants Telegraph), Alex Thorp (Grimsby Telegraph), Adam Everett (Warrington Guardian) and Robin Murray (Wiltshire Gazette & Herald).

... and the inside story

… and the inside story

Also in the house were print student George Solomon, who recently got a job with Team Sky after working on the press team at Nottingham Forest, and broadcast student Steven Jamieson who now works in sports commentary and presenting.

Simon said: “It goes to show the great work that CBJ has done!”

He is now preparing to take his National Qualification in Journalism exams next month after which he said his place on the awards shortlist would look great on his CV when it comes to moving on.

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