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.
"Without PA Training I wouldn't have my job. Employers value the name 'PA' and it certainly opens doors. The teachers are supportive and have incredible contacts. They encourage you to aim high and help you get into national newsrooms - on my course people ended up on training schemes at the BBC, the Mirror and the Daily Mail."
Catherine Wyatt // Trainee Journalist, Press Association