Former Harlow College student wins top journalism award

Harlow College

A FORMER Harlow College journalism student has won a top award for journalism.

Abigail Weaving has won the Paul Durrant Award, which is presented annually to a newly-qualified journalist working on a newspaper in the East of England for their performance in the National Qualification in Journalism exams.

Abigail won £250 for her results, which she achieved while working at the Saffron Walden Reporter.

Abbie spent a year at Harlow College undertaking a post graduate diploma in journalism. In her time, Abbie produced a number of excellent articles for YourHarlow.

She has since left the newspaper to work as a press and PR officer for the Royal College of General Practitioners.

The award, sponsored by Archant, was launched in 2015 in honour of Paul Durrant, former assistant editor of the Eastern Daily Press and NCTJ journalism trainer.

Paul died in 2016 at the age of 63 following a battle with cancer.

Of her win, Abigail said: “Winning this award was a wonderful surprise – I couldn’t quite believe it when I found out. I have very fond memories of my time studying for both my NCTJ and NQJ, so this really was the cherry on the cake.”

She added: “I loved working in a newsroom, but have now moved to a press officer role in London. I’m still very much a journalist at heart though, and make sure to use my shorthand every day without fail.”

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