Posted: Sat 3rd Dec 2016

National award commendation for Wrexham Glyndwr University journalism student

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Dec 3rd, 2016

In-depth reporting on the rising sport of female boxing helped a journalist to secure a media industry accolade.

Rachel Wheatley received a commendation in the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) 2016 Awards for Excellence.

The awards scheme is run by the news industry training and standards body to recognise high achievements by rising stars of journalism.
Rachel is studying for an NCTJ Certificate of Higher Education in Journalism at Wrexham Glyndwr University while working as a reporter for Wrexham.com and Deeside.com.

[miptheme_quote author=”Rachel Wheatley” style=”boxquote text-left”]It feels amazing to be commended, as it makes all the hard work worth it.

A lot of time and effort went into the three boxing articles I was nominated for, which brought about a new found respect and enthusiasm in me for the sport.[/miptheme_quote]

She can also be heard reading news bulletins on Chester’s Dee 106.3 radio station.

She received the commendation after being nominated alongside two others in the shortlist for the ceremony’s Sports News Journalist of the Year award.

“I was the only female nominated in my particular group and the guys I was up against work on the sports desks at The Daily Mail and The Telegraph, so to come third in the Sports Journalist of the Year category is a huge honour for me” said Rachel.

“To also beat over 235 entrants, which is the highest number of entrees the NCTJ have ever received, was also a great achievement,” added Rachel, who lists motorsport, boxing and tennis as her favourite sports.

Perhaps the fact I was a female sports journalist covering a story about a female boxer in what is a violent and predominantly male sport, made the judges sit up and take note. If it’s never been done before, then I can see why the judges singled me out.”

Rachel holds a BA (Hons) degree in French, Spanish and Drama from the University of the West of England, Bristol, and has worked in the media for more than 10 years.

The NCTJ Awards for Excellence were presented by BBC News deputy political editor John Pienaar in a ceremony at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport.

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