The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Awards for Excellence 2018 shortlist has been announced and the College is one of three accredited providers that has been put up for Innovation of the Year.
Highbury has been nominated due to its introduction and development of journalist apprentices over the last two years.
The College currently helps train 15 out of the 98 journalism apprentices nationwide- nearly one in seven.
Paul Foster, journalism tutor, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the NCTJ innovation of the year award for our apprenticeship provision. We are proud of our track record of training journalists. We’ve been delivering the NCTJ diploma for more than 50 years which means constantly innovating to make sure our teaching is relevant and up to date.”
Highbury apprentice Megan Baynes, a local democracy reporter who works for the Isle of Wight County Press, has also been shortlisted for the Apprentice of the Year category at the awards.
Principal of Highbury College, Stella Mbubaegbu CBE said: “I am thrilled that our innovatively designed journalism apprenticeships have been recognised on the national stage. Highbury has trained thousands of journalists in our 55-year history, many of which have achieved outstanding success in the industry. We look forward to training the next generation of reporters, preparing them for today’s digitally evolving landscape.”
All shortlisted entrants and their guests are invited to attend the gala dinner and awards ceremony at Quendon Hall on Thursday, 29 November.
The winners will be announced at the ceremony, which will be hosted by Sky News special correspondent and NCTJ patron, Alex Crawford.