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Double success for former trainees

THE UK’s top two awards for young reporters have been lifted by former Press Association trainees.

Matt Sandy of the Mail on Sunday was the first to climb the podium to carry off the title of national Young Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards.

Trainers at the Newcastle centre were delighted for Matt who came on the course as an award wining student journalist.

His triumph was then followed by Dan Warburton, now chief reporter at NCJMedia in Newcastle.

Dan was named Young Journalist of the Year at the British Regional Press awards.

Dan attended the course as a trainee sponsored by the Journal, Newcastle and has already been honoured in the North East Press awards by being named as the Tom Cordner Trainee Reporter of the Year.

Foundation Course leader, Paul Jones said: ``To have one of our trainees named as a Young Reporter of the Year is tremendous but to have done the double is remarkable.

``They were both great prospects and since leaving here, have gone on to do fantastic work for their papers.

``Well done both of them. I wonder what it would have been like if they had been on a course at the same time?’’

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