Investing in reporters of the future lands top honour for The News

Johnston Press CEO Ashley Highfield with The News community editor Paul Foster
Johnston Press CEO Ashley Highfield with The News community editor Paul Foster
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THE News’ pioneering new journalist training project has scooped a top award.

In September your daily paper became the first newspaper in the country to have a classroom in its newsroom with nine Highbury College students working alongside reporters generating stories.

And, at the Johnston Press Awards the project picked up the Community Initiative Award.

Day in, day out, we strive to give our readers the best possible experience with top quality news and features accompanied by cracking pictures.

And our long-serving photographer Paul Jacobs was recognised at the ceremony for his regular contribution of outstanding shots.

Paul, who joined 12 yearsago, came runner up in the Daily Newspaper Photographer of the Year category.

Editor Mark Waldron said: ‘The award is a great achievement, not just for us at The News but also our students who are putting in a lot of hard work to make it a success.’

Ashley Highfield, the chief executive of Johnston Press, said: ‘There were so many outstanding entries in the Community Initiative Award but the trainee journalist programme at The News, Portsmouth, shone out as a real example of innovation with great, tangible results.

‘These trainee journalists are gaining proper, hands on experience in a busy newsroom.

‘Credit also has to be given for The News team for investing their time to provide this wonderful opportunity.’

Paul Foster, who is responsible for the trainees, picked up the award.

He said: ‘Alongside their studies they are writing stories and features which are being published on a daily basis.

‘They are getting lots of experience to prepare them for a future career in journalism.’

Colin Winkles took home the Chief Executive award for the printing division Portsmouth Web.

And the South Publishing Unit was runner up in two categories – the Newspaper Sales Subscription Team of the Year category, and Sales Team of the Year (Local Display and Features).