News reporter Ben Fishwick wins top award

HONOURED News reporter Ben Fishwick receiving his NCTJ Award for Excellence from David Tossell, award sponsor for NFL UK in Sheffield
HONOURED News reporter Ben Fishwick receiving his NCTJ Award for Excellence from David Tossell, award sponsor for NFL UK in Sheffield
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DIGGING out daily scoops in Gosport is all in a day’s work for News reporter Ben Fishwick, who has been recognised with a prestigious national award.

His flair for the extraordinary and for sniffing out the stories that matter to the community saw him honoured at the national NCTJ Awards for Excellence.

Ben, who is the paper’s Gosport reporter, was one of 11 talented journalists and photographers presented with accolades at the awards ceremony in Sheffield.

Ben, who lives in Southsea, said: ‘Getting the award is a major boost and it was an honour to win alongside talented journalists in the other categories.’

The judges praised Ben’s entries with the panel commenting that he had ‘sourced, researched and written the stories in the manner of a well-seasoned reporter’.

Ben, 25, studied the one-year Diploma in Journalism at Highbury College, which in conjunction with The News, was also shortlisted for Best Student Publication.

Ben won the title of best Student News Journalist and he was also shortlisted for the Top Scoop award for a story on the former mayor of Gosport Wayne Ronayne, who was banned from all of Gosport’s pubs after an incident on his night of inauguration.

Ben said: ‘It’s great to be recognised by the NCTJ this early on in my career.

‘I learnt a lot on the course at Highbury College, which was especially demanding as I completed it while working full-time at The News.’

He added: ‘Before I started the course, I had the benefit of learning the trade from excellent journalists at the paper.’

Ben started working at The News in October 2012 after finishing a Masters degree in literature at the University of Portsmouth.

Editor of The News Mark Waldron said he was proud of Ben for winning and commended him for being a ‘dedicated and diligent journalist’.