NMA’s Cathryn Nicoll Award Showcases Work Of Young Journalists

The News Media Association’s Cathryn Nicoll Award will once again showcase the work of young journalists in the local news media sector.

Part of the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards, the award rewards brilliant feature writing by young journalists, with a £500 cash prize for the winner.

Last year’s winner was Nottinghamshire Live reporter Joseph Locker whose interview with Ken Clarke provided “genuine new insight” into the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the former MP’s exit from the Conservative Party at the height of the Brexit debate, according to the judges.

Set up by the NMA, the award was launched in 2019 in memory of Cathryn Nicoll who held the position of news editor at the Croydon Advertiser during her career as a journalist. Cathryn was known for her passionate belief in journalistic standards and training.

The award focuses on brilliant interviewing and feature writing and is open to any journalist working for a weekly or daily local or regional newspaper published in the UK, who is aged between 18 and 25.

The winner of this year’s award will be announced during the Regional Press Awards virtual ceremony on 16 September.