A School of Journalism trainee is nominated for ‘Podcast of the Year’ in the NCTJ Awards for Excellence 2022.

Final year London trainee Olly Murphy is shortlisted in the student category of the annual NCTJ awards which ‘highlight the achievements of individuals with promising journalism careers ahead of them, and those doing outstanding work in the media and training sector’.

Judges shortlisted 59 students, trainees, apprentices and training providers out of 444 entries across 17 categories.

School of Journaism trainee Olly Murphy in a suit and tie, wearing glasses, sitting down and smiling at the camera.

School of Journalism trainee and NCTJ award nominee Olly Murphy

Olly said: “I’m beyond delighted to have been shortlisted for the podcast of the year award this early on in my career, let alone while still studying towards my degree in multimedia journalism.

“Having my work recognised by the NCTJ is a huge confidence boost and a testament to the amazing team at News Associates and The School of Journalism, whose overwhelming support has opened so many doors for me in a highly competitive industry.”

Olly’s podcast tells the story of Daryl Davis, an American blues musician who converted hundreds of white supremacists.

You can listen here and learn more here.

Elsewhere, seven postgraduate News Associates stars were recognised in the shortlist for the 2022 NCTJ Awards for Excellence across the student and trainee sports journalism, top scoop, features and podcast categories. See more here.

Carolina collecting her NCTJ Award for Excellence for trainee podcast. Carolina is holding her framed A4 certificate standing between Mark Hudson and Nick Powell who presented the award. All three are dress smarty and smiling.

Carolina Herranz-Carr collecting her award from Mark Hudson and Nick Powell at the NCTJ Awards for Excellence 2021

News Associates postgraduate part-time grad Micaela Arneson, of Mission Based Media and Times Radio, is up for podcast of the year in the trainee category.

Postgraduates Carolina Herranz-Carr, ITV, and Charlie Jones, BBC, won the top prize in the trainee podcast journalism category in 2021 for their Trial by Media series.

News Associates itself is also up for the Innovation of the Year award, this year for our trainees’ multimedia coverage of the death and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

News Associates trainees gather reaction of Queen Elizabeth II's death at Buckingham Palace. From left to right you can see Heather Nicholls, Jasmine Laws, Olivia Christie, Max Kendix and Rachel Duffy standing among a crowd of people in front of the palace.

News Associates trainees Heather Nicholls, Jasmine Laws, Olivia Christie, Max Kendix (The Times graduate trainee) and Rachel Duffy at Buckingham Palace on Friday September 9

We previously won the accolade in 2020 for adapting teaching styles and exercises for remote learning, keeping up morale for trainees and running a series of free online workshops open to everyone during the covid-19 pandemic lockdowns.

A YouTube screen grab of a Sky News live stream of the NCTJ Awards of Excellence. Correspondent Ashna Hurynag is talking and the ticker along the bottom says: BREAKING NEWS NEWS ASSOCIATES WINS NCTJ INNOVATION OF THE YEAR AWARD

Sky News correspondent Ashna Hurynag presenting our Innovation of the Year award via a live stream

News Associates editorial development manager Lucy Dyer said: “The thrill of seeing our trainees’ and graduates’ work recognised for awards never wears off. It’s a huge testament to how hard they work and the support our tutors provide outside of the classroom.

“This is the first time a School of Journalism undergraduate trainee has been nominated for an award, which we’re especially proud of. Olly works incredibly hard and deserves this recognition.”

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at Twickenham Stadium on March 2, 2023.

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