2018 winner: Nawal Al-Maghafi

The John Schofield Trust set up the RTS Young Journalist of the Year Award in 1996 in memory of John.


The award, now called the Young Talent of the Year Award, is for the best work during the year by an on or off-screen journalist under the age of 30. The Trust gives a bursary of £1,000 to the winner.


This year BBC journalist Nawal Al-Maghafi won the award for her reporting from Yemen. The judges said, “The winner showed exceptional bravery and is wise beyond her years. Along with great access, she also had good scripting and a very understated delivery.” 


We would like to congratulate all of the nominees for being recognised for their talent in the early stages of their career. The two other nominess were Ashley John-Baptiste and former mentee Helen Ann Smith.  


You can read more about Nawal Al-Maghafi here.

Royal Television Society Young Talent of the Year

Immediately after John’s death, his friends and family instigated  the Royal Television Society Young Journalist of the Year bursary, a prestigious award given to the journalist deemed by the RTS judges to have fulfilled their criteria.


Past winners of this award include Faisal Islam (Channel 4 News Economics Editor), Matthew Price (BBC Brussels correspondent) James Reynolds (BBC Tehran correspondent), Hannah Thomas-Peter (Sky News reporter) and, in 2014, Ciaran Jenkins of Channel 4 News.

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