A Leighton Buzzard Observer reporter has scooped first prize at our publishing company’s national awards night.
Amanda Devlin won Trainee Journalist of the Year at the Johnston Press annual ceremony last week, which was attended by around 120 people.
The 22-year-old joined the LBO team in July 2012 after graduating with a degree in Journalism and Media from the University of Portsmouth.
She was presented with the award by CEO of Johnston Press, Ashley Highfield, who said: “Amanda has grasped the digital side of journalism with admirable enthusiasm and yet understands the relationship with print audiences too.”
Editor Lynn Hughes said: “Amanda has worked really hard for this award and it is well deserved. The editorial team are all proud of her.”
Speaking after the awards, Mr Highfield said the JP Group Awards presentation evening was a fantastic celebration of some of the terrific achievements around the company during 2013.
He added: “Trophies were presented in 44 categories and it was a real delight to be able to recognise such a wide range of outstanding performances by our colleagues.
“I’m sure there are lots more success stories happening around the business, but these awards gave us the chance to shine the spotlight on some of the best from 2013 - and also to reward hard work, dedication and innovative thinking on an individual and team basis.”
Amanda said: “I am over the moon to have received this award and delighted that my work on the Leighton Buzzard Observer has been given this recognition.”