Stellar night at the Royal Television Society Awards

Ciaran Jenkins accepting his award

It was a great night for the John Schofield Trust at the RTS Television Journalism Awards. The first award is traditionally for Young Journalist of the Year presented in memory of John Schofield (which carries with it a bursary from the Trust). It was one of the strongest shortlists we’ve had in years, between Ciaran Jenkins of Channel 4 News, Mark Lowen of BBC News and Sophy Ridge from Sky News. The award went to Ciaran who made some lovely remarks about the work of the Trust which resonated throughout the night.

Many of our mentors and friends were recognised – 2012 mentor Lucy Manning and our trustee Jonathan Munro collected the Home News Coverage Award for ITV’s coverage of the Savile story. Our 2013 mentor Jeremy Bowen received the RTS Award for Specialist of the Year. All of the winners can be found here.

But the highlight came towards the end of the evening when chair of the judges Richard Sambrook announced that the winner of the Judges’ Award was Susie Schofield for the work she does with The John Schofield Trust:

“The Award this year goes to someone who isn’t even a Journalist – but her contribution to journalism over the last year has been remarkable. At the beginning of [the] ceremony, Ciaran Jenkins was awarded a bursary by the John Schofield Trust to mark his winning of the Young Journalist Award.

The Trust has been going since shortly after John’s death, but last year his widow Susie led an overhaul of its main purpose, and launched a pioneering mentoring scheme for young broadcast journalists.

For the first time, seasoned and senior practitioners from across the industry agreed to mentor the leading lights of the future. Mentors include top correspondents, anchors, editors and producers. By the end of the second year, there will have been nearly seventy pairings – all designed to give those young journalists a real insight into the top levels of our trade.”

A standing ovation from the room for Susie and a huge tribute to her work. Then, to top it all off, our former Trustee, Richard Tait was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, for his influential work in journalism. Richard too acknowledged the work of the Trust and all in all it was a very special evening.