A Highbury apprentice said she felt ‘humbled’ after being shortlisted for a professional journalism award.

Highbury apprentice Megan at her desk in an office

Megan Baynes has been put up for Apprentice of the Year at the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Awards for Excellence 2018.

Megan, who works as a local democracy reporter for the Isle of Wight County Press, said: “It feels very surreal and humbling to be shortlisted and I'm incredibly grateful to my tutor, Paul, and editor, Rachael who nominated me. I’m very lucky in that I’ve such a supportive team behind me, both at college and at work.”

She is one of 15 journalism apprentices the College trains out of the 98 registered with the NCTJ.

Rachael Rosewell, deputy editor of the Isle of Wight County Press, said: “I am delighted Megan has been shortlisted for the NCTJ Apprentice of the Year award, one of just four apprentices nationwide, but I am not surprised. She has a mature approach to work and goes above and beyond to deliver top quality stories week after week. She has also proved to be a popular and reliable member of the team.”

The annual awards highlight the achievements of individuals with promising journalism careers ahead of them.

Paul Foster, Highbury programme leader for journalism, said: “Megan has been an exceptional apprentice from the very beginning. She has always demonstrated the key qualities of being a journalist: the ability to ask the right questions, hitting deadlines and not taking no for an answer. We are proud she has been shortlisted for this prestigious award. It demonstrates how important apprentices are for companies.”

Megan added: “An apprenticeship wasn't my first choice, but being able to put my knowledge into practice at work every day has made me a better journalist. I wouldn't have done it any other way."

All shortlisted entrants and their guests have been invited to attend the gala dinner and awards ceremony at Quendon Hall on Thursday 29th November.

The winners will be announced at the ceremony, which will be hosted by Sky News special correspondent and NCTJ patron Alex Crawford.

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  • Date 06/11/2018