A City of Wolverhampton College tutor has won a coveted award for her outstanding contribution to journalism training and education – while a college course was named best performing in the UK.
Sue Green was honoured with the 2015 NCTJ chairman’s award and Dani Wozencroft collected the award for the best performing FE Diploma at the Journalism Skills Conference in Birmingham.
NCTJ chairman Kim Fletcher said Sue was an inspirational trainer.
He said: “Hugely popular with our staff, Sue is a fantastic ambassador for the NCTJ, in particular as a member of the public affairs board and a senior media law examiner. Sue received so many nominations I know she will be a popular choice for my award.
“Inspiring, knowledgeable, supportive, invaluable, passionate and exemplary are some of the words frequently used to describe Sue. To quote one of her apprentices: She is a legend.”
Sue began her career as a trainee in 1967 on the Cannock Advertiser and Courier, gaining her NCTJ qualification in 1971.
She was a journalist at the Sunday Mercury, Coventry Telegraph and Birmingham Post and Mail, and became the first woman director of the Birmingham Press Club in 1975.
She has worked for City of Wolverhampton College since 1998 and currently trains apprentices for the BBC and Express & Star newspaper.
Sue said: “I feel so honoured to receive this prestigious award. I loved working with the trainee journalists at City of Wolverhampton College, because I saw so many recruited to newspapers throughout the Midlands and across the country.
“Now I train the BBC Academy apprentices in journalism, I can use my experience to help them forge ahead with their goals to reach the NCTJ gold standard.”
The college’s one year diploma course has now been named the best performing in the UK for five consecutive years – producing the highest percentage of students achieving the gold standard of A-C grades in all exams including 100 words per minute shorthand.
Lecturer Dani Wozencroft said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won the best performing course award once again.
“Although we have won it for five years now, this is the second since I have been in post and it was important to me to maintain the high standards at City of Wolverhampton College.
“We have such a diverse mix of students each year and they all work incredibly hard to achieve great things.
“The majority of our former students are now working as newspaper reporters which is a great reflection on the success of the course, proving all the hard work pays off – but this award is a further endorsement of this.”
Curriculum Manager Michael Dixon added: “It is a huge achievement to be named as the top performing college for five years in a row, and is testament to the quality of the lecturers we have at the college.
“I would like to thank Dani and the rest of her team for all her hard work over the last year in maintaining our high standards.”
The awards were handed out by BBC Midlands Today presenter Nick Owen who also named City of Wolverhampton College apprentices Robby West of BBC Essex and Michael Stevens of BBC Radio Lancashire commended in the Apprentice of the Year category.