A Highbury apprentice had a "great evening" after celebrating winning a national journalism award.

Highbury College journalism apprentice Megan Baynes picking up up NCTJ Apprentice of the Year Award Megan Baynes won Apprentice of the Year at the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Awards for Excellence 2018.

The local democracy reporter for the Isle of Wight County Press, said: "I feel very grateful to have won, and very grateful to my tutor Paul and deputy editor Rachael for nominating me. I've been lucky to be surrounded by a team of very supportive people who have always challenged me, and pushed me to do better and that's made me a better journalist."

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

However, an apprenticeship was not her first choice as she had originally planned to complete our award-winning 20-week journalism course.

But the 25-year-old said that her apprenticeship has made her a better journalist.

Megan added: "Being able to put what I'd learnt at college into practice at work on a daily basis has actually been a far better experience. It's been intense, juggling college with work, and required a lot of self discipline and self-teaching. I spent a lot of lunch breaks doing mock shorthand exams and memorising media law, but it was worth it!"

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

For more information about Highbury apprenticeships, click here.

Thinking of becoming a journalist? Then click here to see more about the different journalism courses the College has to offer.

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  • Date 07/12/2018