Exam award for PA trainee
A trainee on the Press Association news reporting course in Newcastle has won a national award for his public affairs reporting.
Charlie Taverner, who now works for Farmers Weekly, won the award sponsored by Oxford University Press. He put his success down to his interest in politics while studying at Press Association.
Charlie said: “Studying for public affairs did involve a lot of grind: there are plenty of organisations, structures and laws to remember. But it's more fun if you're a bit of a politics geek, reading all the papers and newsfeeds every day to put everything you learn into context. Plus, I'm sure up-to-date references make your exam answers a lot more interesting to read."
Charlie was presented with his award by Catherine Houlihan, managing editor of ITV Border and member of the NCTJ qualifications board at the NCTJ Student Council meeting on February 6.
"I'd never be where I am today without the PA course, it has opened so many doors for me. The staff are well trained and are all very encouraging. All the hard work pays off in the end, I couldn't recommend it more. I work on video at the MailOnline but also present Facebook live for Daily Mail's page, and although we only did 1 week of video on the course, I still believe it prepared me for my current role. It has changed my life; I have made lifelong friends and I know I'll always have a rewarding and successful career."
Alicia Watts // Video Researcher, MailOnline