.... current mentee and BBC apprentice Rachel Coburn who was awarded apprentice of the year at the NCTJ Awards for Excellence. Rachel was chosen for her outstanding exam results and the high quality of her professional conduct and the standard of her skills and ability in the newsroom. A big well done also goes to mentee and Sky apprentice Kirsty Hickey who was also nominated.
Congratulations also go to current mentor and BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg who has been awarded Journalist of the Year in the 2016 British Journalism Awards. The judges said, “Laura Kuenssberg deserves this prize for the sheer volume and scope of reporting on some of the biggest changes ever in British politics when she was just into the job of BBC political editor. In a tumultuous year she rose to the challenge and made the story of Brexit her own. In the days and weeks after the Brexit vote she seemed to be everywhere. Her moving interview with Brendan Cox showed sensitivity and compassion. She lead the way on reporting the fast-moving developments in the Tory leadership race. And she did our profession proud when she put the Chinese President on the spot about human rights abuses with the one question allowed to the British media at his London press conference."