Rotherham-based Tom Sharpe has sought to inspire current students to emulate his success at the Yorkshire Press Awards.
The 25-year-old won best trainee and overall journalist and the Yorkshire Press Awards last month and decided to return to Sheffield Norton College this week where he acquired his journalistic skills, reports the Rotherham Advertiser.
Mr Sharpe reportedly jumped at the chance to report on a story about mothers feeding junk food to children through the railings of a local school in protest against the institute’s healthy eating regime.
“I was the eager trainee and would take anything that came my way. I love getting out of the office, meeting people and going out to get a feel for the story,” he told the newspaper.
Commenting on his time at Sheffield Norton College where he earned his journalism qualifications in 2005, Mr Sharpe added: “I hated shorthand while I was here, I thought I’d never get it, but the teachers are really good at what they do and I practised loads, so I got there eventually.”
Lasting 17 weeks, the college offers fast-track newspaper journalism courses twice a year and was recently praised for the high examination results obtained by its students by NCTJ chief executive Joanne Butcher.