Darlington College Apprentice Shortlisted For Top Award

In Adults, Apprenticeships, In the Press, News, School Leavers, on the 20th, October 2015

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Journalism Apprentice Krystal Starkey

Darlington College’s first journalism apprentice has been shortlisted for a national award.

Krystal Starkey, 21, who is studying for her National Council for the Training of Journalists apprenticeship at the college is on the shortlist for NCTJ Apprenticeship of the Year Award.

Krystal is in the second year of her study programme and has already made headlines by being selected as one of nine finalists in the ITV/ITN Media Trust Breaking Into News Project.

She presented a report to industry experts on the pitfalls of internet dating, which was then screened on TV.

After spending a day with ITV Calendar in Leeds filming and editing her feature she travelled to London to pitch it to a panel of experts including ITN managing editor Robin Elias and Symeon Brown of Channel 4 News.

At college Krystal has already attained gold standard grades in Law and Reporting examinations as part of her NCTJ Diploma. She is now working towards qualifications in shorthand, public affairs and video journalism for online.

Curriculum manager for Arts, Media and Publishing Alan Jones said: “We as a college are very proud of Krystal. She is an outstanding NCTJ student both in the classroom and her workplace. She has become a role model for apprentices and journalism students. Even being nominated is a huge achievement.”

Krystal works for Local Link in York and publisher and Managing Director Gini Guttery said: “Krystal has worked incredibly hard to get where she is today and we are exceptionally proud as a company to have such a talented and dedicated apprentice working with us. We’re crossing our fingers for her to win.”

Krystal is among apprentices from Archant and KM Group at Lambeth College and BBC Apprentices studying at Wolverhampton College on the award shortlist. The winner will be announced at NCTJ’s Journalism Skills Conference in November.



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