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PA graduate wins the PPA New Business Media Journalist Of The Year 2017​​​ award

Layla Haidrani wins the PPA New Business Media Journalist Of The Year 2017​​​ award.

Press Association Training, London is celebrating a great performance by one of our trainees.

Layla Haidrani, who recently completed 9 week magazine journalism course was shortlisted for both the New Business Media Journalist Of The Year and the New Talent Breakthrough Award. 

We are delighted to announce that Layla has gone on to win the PPA New Business Media Journalist Of The Year 2017 Business Media Journalist Of The Year 2017 award.


"Since graduating from the Press Association, I’ve been working as Editorial Assistant at RCNi Publishing. It covers the UK's biggest selling weekly nursing magazine and nine monthly specialist journals covering mental health nursing, learning disability practice, nursing children and young people and emergency nursing. I’ve also been freelancing for the likes of VICE, The Debrief and Refinery29 among others.

"A lot of other journalism courses are very theoretical but from the very beginning, the PA course was very hands-on and threw me right in at the deep end – just like in the workplace."


"The best part of the course was that it was directly tailored to new media so I was trained in everything employers now require from graduates including online journalism and social media. On the course, I also learnt about careers in business media, an avenue I didn’t initially consider. Thanks to the Press Association, this led me to RCNi and I was recently awarded the PPA New Business Media Journalist Of The Year 2017 and was also shortlisted for PPA New Talent Breakthrough 2017, an accolade I’m immensely proud of. 

"Anyone considering the course should take the plunge – it’s a rewarding experience and you’ll refer to everything you’ve learnt years after."

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Layla Haidrani wins the PPA New Business Media Journalist Of The Year 2017​​​ award.

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