A former Staffordshire University journalism student has scooped a national “exceptional performance” award after passing senior qualifications just 18 months after graduating.
Ed Crosthwaite was one of four candidates in the National Qualification in Journalism across the UK to win an award.
Ed, who completed an accredited BA hons Journalism degree at Staffordshire University in 2013, won the Esso award for his performance in the news report.
The 23-year-old, who now works at the East Anglian Daily Times as a news and sports reporter, scooped a £250 prize and certificate of achievement into the bargain.
He said: “I was delighted to first find out I had passed all the exams and even more so to find out about the award.
“I didn’t know there was anything like this attached to the exams so it was certainly a surprise to be told I had won.
“I felt I had performed quite well in the news report but I never expected to get additional recognition for it.
“It’s great to have taken the next step in my career by passing the NQJ and even more so to have done it first time round.”
The examiners said: “Edmund produced a story containing all the key content, written in a logical and very readable fashion, underpinned by some excellent ideas in part B.
“Overall, he demonstrates a high level of news sense.”
Ed added: “Staffordshire University was definitely the right place to come to study Journalism.
“So much is practical, you get to practise what you learn straight away.
“The fact it is NCTJ-accredited is a bonus. I am working with people who are having to do a postgraduate to get NCTJ qualifications because their journalism course was not accredited.
“I am grateful I was able to take them at Staffs and walk straight into a job!”