Updated: Friday, May 29th 2020
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A top performing Sheffield College journalism student has won a prestigious industry award.
George Torr is one of nine trainees recognised in the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma in Journalism exam awards.
The awards were presented to the top performing students taking the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism exams during the 2014 to 2015 academic year.
George achieved the best combined result in the broadcast exams while studying at The Sheffield College. As a result, he won the broadcast journalism award sponsored by ITV News. George received his prize from ITV News presenter and journalist Charlene White.
George, a multimedia journalist at the Sheffield Star, said: "I was shocked when I found out. I was typing up some court copy when the news came through. It's nice to be recognised in this way. I was really surprised but I'm also very proud of the award."
The winners received a certificate and £250 cheque at the event, hosted by Google UK, which took place during the annual NCTJ Student Council meeting in London last month on February 5th.
Giving advice to future students, George said: “Don't give up. It's really daunting when you start out and you're trying to break into your first job. But if you have the skills behind you and the tenacity to succeed then you'll get there. Work experience is crucial and you'll pick up lots of skills away from your studies that will put you in a good position for the future."
The NCTJ Diploma in Journalism is an intensive 22-week course that prepares students for direct employment in the media industry, and provides an alternative route to university.
The course is accredited by the NCTJ - the industry’s leading training body - and covers news writing, law, public affairs, shorthand and includes a broadcast option covering television and radio skills as well as a photography option.
Students complete a portfolio of stories in print, television and radio, which they can also take to job interviews. Applications are now being accepted for September’s NCTJ course. Click here for more information.
The Sheffield College’s NCTJ journalism course moved from Norton campus last summer, and is now based in the new £8.8 million facilities at Hillsborough campus on Livesey Street. They include new television, photography, radio and performing arts studios.
Heather Smith, Principal, The Sheffield College, said: “I’d like to congratulate George, and the staff who have taught him, on this fantastic success. We equip our students with the skills that employers need and this award win is testament to that.”