Group managing editor Andy Parkes, who helped present the awards, said: “This is one of my favourite events, and it gets better every year.
“The enthusiasm and dedication of the young reporters never ceases to amaze me and it’s an honour to recognise their achievements.
“We know it helps immensely when they are applying for university places and a number of the young reporters who took part in year one have already gone on to become professional journalists.
“I am already looking forward to this year’s entrants.”
Peter Le Riche, from the University of Roehampton, the awards’ higher education partner, said: “Our congratulations go to each one of the winners for the work they have put in.
“The students I spoke to at the awards were clearly serious about becoming responsible journalists, which is very heartening to see.”
As part of their prize, all the winners students were invited to a special day, organised by Kingston University, where there were helped to create their own newspaper, which the called the London Comet, using their award-winning stories.
Diana Jarvis started the schools programme in September 2008.
It was her idea to give students the chance to experience working as reporters in a highly competitive industry.
Having working in journalism for over twenty years, she started life as a junior reporter on a trade journal working for whom she can only describe as ‘a dragon’ of an editor.
She says: “It was quite a scary start and could have turned me off journalism for ever but instead it taught me a lot and toughened me up for working in this industry.”
Over the years she has worked for many publications and loved being in and around the media.
It was always her dream to write and she sent off her first article to the editor of a magazine when she was twelve.
She said: “I felt quite incensed when he sent back a rejection letter but he did give me some positive words.
"He told me to study hard and I could have a career in journalism.
"Those words gave me the push to do just that and here I am today working with students, some of whose dreams are to follow along that path."
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