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Press Gazette’s young writers win awards

It is good to see the achievements of the young team of journalists at the Press Gazette recognised in the Periodical Training Council’s New Journalist Awards, as the trade paper prepares for another week of publication under administration.

Martin Stabe picked up the award for the best new online journalists, while Zoe Smith was highly commended for her features and Sarah Lagan in the news category.

I got to know Martin when he was part of a group I taught at City University, where he combined a deep knowledge of the technology, setting up a CMS system for a group project, with a strong nose for the story and a nice writing style. Sometimes I felt I was learning more from him than he learned from me.

In a pub in Greenwich a few weeks ago I bumped into another young reporter from the Press Gazette I had taught and he remained confident with a great portfolio of cuttings to take to job interviews.

While I hope that this week’s edition will not be the last, Press Gazette has developed fine young writers who should be snapped up by other publications.

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