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PA trainee is student journalist of the year

Doug Faulkner collecting his award for student journalist of the year

Doug, centre collects his award from Dan Walker, from the BBC's Football Focus, right and David Tossell, from the NFL, left.

Press Association Training, Newcastle is celebrating a great performance by one of its trainees.

Douglas Faulkner-Gawlinksi, who recently completed a fast-track course in multimedia journalism at Press Association Training Newcastle, won this year’s student journalist of the year award.

Douglas passed all his NCTJ exams in the first sitting with top grades and achieved 100 wpm shorthand.

He has been working at Archant’s Eastern Daily Press in Norfolk where he is now working towards gaining the national qualification for journalists (NQJ).

It is the second time that a Press Association trainee has clinched the NCTJ top spot and it was another Archant sponsored student journalist, Mary Hamilton, who achieved the distinction the first time.

Douglas said: “I am delighted and a bit lost for words, which isn’t very good for a journalist.”

Press Association’s Head of Foundation Course Training, Paul Jones said: ”Congratulations to Doug. He worked really hard throughout the course and thoroughly deserved his success.

“The Archant editorial recruitment system is obviously working well.’’

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Doug Faulkner collecting his award for student journalist of the year

Doug, centre collects his award from Dan Walker, from the BBC's Football Focus, right and David Tossell, from the NFL, left.

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