PA trainee is student journalist of the year
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.’’
"I credit all of my journalistic knowledge and skills to the tutors and fellow journalists I met at the Press Association. It has definitely held me in good stead during my Sports traineeship at PA which I was lucky to get straight after the course. The Press Association took a chance on me and I haven't looked back since."
Olawale Kuponipe // Trainee Sports Journalist, PA