Two former Darlington College journalism apprentices are shortlisted for honours at tonight’s NCTJ Excellence Awards at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

Sports Reporter, Nathan Atkinson

Newsquest journalists Nathan Atkinson and Lucy Jenkinson were nominated from 395 award entries from around the country submitted by journalism students, community reporters and apprentices.

Nathan, a sports reporter at the Telegraph and Argus in Bradford, completed his NCTJ Junior Journalist apprenticeship at the college in August gaining a distinction and achieving 100wpm shorthand. He is shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year in the awards.

Reporter, Lucy Jenkinson

Lucy, a reporter at the Times and Star in Cumbria, was a runner-up in last year’s Apprentice of the Year awards and this year is nominated in the Top Scoop category for her front page scoop which revealed a child sex offender and shamed former doctor were involved with a charity which was ordered to stop operating. Lucy achieved her apprenticeship with a distinction earlier this year and also has 100wpm shorthand.

Tonight’s awards, sponsored by The Independent, will be hosted by Sky Sports presenter Davy Jones.  ​

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