Trainee wins reporting award
Press Association trainee, Jack Hardy, has become the second recipient of the Nigel Whitefield Award for Excellence in Local Government Reporting awarded by Newcastle City Council.
Jack received the award at the Newcastle training centre from the council’s Press Office manager Andrew McKegney, pictured with Jack, left.
He was given the prize after achieving the highest marks in the centre’s regular Public Administration tests and after his story about Northumberland County Council’s use of taxis to take children to school, made the front page lead in the Newcastle Journal.
The award is named after Newcastle City Council Press Officer, Nigel Whitefield, who died this year following a kidney transplant operation.
Jack received his award on the final day of the 17 week course.
'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