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'd never be where I am today without the PA course, it has opened so many doors for me. The staff are well trained and are all very encouraging. All the hard work pays off in the end, I couldn't recommend it more. I work on video at the MailOnline but also present Facebook live for Daily Mail's page, and although we only did 1 week of video on the course, I still believe it prepared me for my current role. It has changed my life; I have made lifelong friends and I know I'll always have a rewarding and successful career."
Alicia Watts // Video Researcher, MailOnline