Two Highbury apprentices have been shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year at a national journalism award.

Journalist Sam Dixon-French

Former apprentices Sam Dixon-French and Imogen Tew has been put up for the accolade at the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Awards for Excellence 2019.

Trainee reporter for West Sussex County Times Sam said: "It was a huge honour just to be nominated for the NCTJ apprentice of the year award so being shortlisted to the final five is phenomenal.

“I'm incredibly proud to be a former apprentice and the JPIMedia scheme suited me perfectly, allowing me to study while gaining invaluable work experience including spending some of my free time at BBC Sussex. When I finished the apprenticeship, I spent a week at national paper 'The i' before continuing at JPIMedia as a trainee reporter.

"I wouldn't be where I am without the help of everyone at Highbury College and JPIMedia and for that I'm immensely grateful. For anyone considering an apprenticeship, I would tell them to go for it and to grab every opportunity afforded to you - it's hard work but you never know where it could take you."

This is the second year running an apprentice from the College has been shortlisted for the award with former Isle of Wight County Press reporter Megan Baynes taking home the accolade in 2018.

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

All shortlisted entrants and their guests have been invited to attend the gala dinner and awards ceremony at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on Thursday 28th November.

The winners will be announced at the ceremony, which will be hosted by Sky Sports presenter David Jones.

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  • Date 13/11/2019