Practical Journalism student wins national NCTJ award

Catrina Cochrane, an HND Practical Journalism student at Glasgow Clyde College, was recently awarded Best Student Multimedia/Campaign by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) for her work on the Dearest Scotland project.

Catrina, who is in the second year of the course, said: "It feels amazing because I am representing myself, the college, the project and I am representing Scotland. Glasgow Clyde College was the only Scottish representative tonight."

Dearest Scotland asks people to express their hopes and fears for Scotland by writing letters to the Scotland of the future.

The award judges described the project as "a fresh take on the Scottish referendum issue".

The letters will be exhibited at the Scottish Parliament next year and will also be compiled into a book.  There is also a longer term plan to take the exhibition out to local communities across Scotland.

The ceremony was part of the NCTJ's annual Journalism Skills Conference in Sheffield, hosted this year by Radio 5 Live presenter Dan Walker and the award was presented by David Tossal from NFL UK, the awards' sponsor. 

Dearest Scotland is still accepting letters, find out more at


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