by holdthefrontpage staff

A trainee journalist with Darlington College of Technology has won top honours in shorthand.

Nineteen-year-old Katie Campling won the prize from the National Council for the Training of Journalists for best-performing student in the country.

Katie, who works for the Driffield Times and Post, achieved 120 words per minute with 100 per cent accuracy - one of only three trainees to do so out of the hundreds that were entered for the prize.

One of the runners up, Jonathan Goode of the Banbury Guardian, and more than a third of the 35 trainees commended by the NCTJ were also trained at Darlington College.

Senior journalism tutor Jon Smith, said: "This is the second year running this prize has gone to a student at Darlington. It's down to hard work by the trainees and the high standards of training and support from shorthand teachers, who produce some of the best results in the country."