Top Marks for Wolverhampton College Students

More success for journalism students at the City of Wolverhampton College, which is consistently a top performing NCTJ accredited further education centre in the UK.

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Samuel Jackson, (pictured) a newly-qualified senior reporter on the Leamington Spa Courier, scooped two of the four awards available for exam performance after the latest National Qualification in Journalism sittings, securing the Media Law Award, as well as the Esso Award for the best news report.

His fellow City of Wolverhampton College alumnus Jordan Reynolds, of the Shropshire Star, took the Society of Editors’ Award for the best news interview.

The moderator described Samuel’s media law performance as “an excellent, all-round paper showing good knowledge and application”, while his news report answer was a “well-written story with pace and accuracy”.

Samuel, who joined the Courier in 2015 after completing a diploma in journalism in Wolverhampton, said: “Just passing is brilliant enough, but to come top in not one but two of the papers is the icing on the cake.”

He added: “I want to thank my editor Phil Hibble, my former editor Chris Lillington for giving me the job at the Leamington Courier in the first place, my trainer John Wilson and my tutor at Wolverhampton College Dani Wozencroft. They have all helped me so much in becoming the journalist I am today.”

Dani said: I am incredibly proud of all our former students who are progressing in their careers. They got a great grounding here at City of Wolverhampton College and worked very hard to complete the workload.

It does not surprise me that both Sam and Jordan have been handed awards for their NQJs as they both achieved great results while under my leadership at college. This is due in no small part to the sheer effort they put in and determination they both have to succeed.

“For Sam to achieve two awards is an incredible moment and something he should be very proud of,” added Dani.

Jordan, who was praised for “good detail” and “well used quotes” in her news interview paper,  said: “This was such a shock - but I’m so pleased to pass, let alone have the best news interview paper.”

Last year, 20 year-old Izin Akhabau, who also received her training at the City of Wolverhampton College, made history by becoming the youngest-ever person to report on BBC News At Ten.