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James Forrest Johnston Press media law court reporting award

A former journalism student from City of Wolverhampton College is celebrating after being crowned one of the country’s best performers in his exams.

James Forrest, who studied for his NCTJ qualification at the college last year, was presented with the Johnston Press award for court reporting at the NCTJ’s annual Student Council event, hosted by News UK, in London on February 6.

The 31-year-old received the accolade after achieving an impressive 97% in his Media Law Court Reporting exam. He picked up a certificate and a cheque for £250.

James, who now works as a reporter for the Worcester News, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have won this award and would like to thank my tutors for their support.”

Lecturer Dani Wozencroft said: “I am so thrilled for James to have picked up this national award. He worked so hard throughout his time at college and thoroughly deserves it. He is a credit to our course and a fine example to other students and future journalists.”

Joanne Butcher, NCTJ chief executive, said: “The NCTJ Diploma in Journalism is an exacting standard, so to be recognised as the top-performing candidate in any subject is a huge achievement.”

The college’s NCTJ course is one of the best in the country, having been named as the top further education provider of the NCTJ diploma for four years in a row.

City of Wolverhampton College offers a range of courses for people living in Wolverhampton, Bilston, Walsall, Dudley, Halesowen, Stourbridge, Bridgnorth, Sandwell and the wider West Midlands area. These include short, evening courses, both part-time and full-time qualifications, A Levels, apprenticeships, traineeships, university level courses and foundation degrees and courses for the unemployed.

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