Congratulations to our Journalism Competition 2015 winners.

WRITE WAI PR & COPYWRITING SERVICES joined forces for the second year running with another entrepreneur to organise a writing competition for young people.

Sally Anderson-Wai of Write Wai PR & Copywriting Services and James Cracknell of Tutor Doctor Colchester North and wanted to encourage young people to try their hands as newspaper journalists.

Eleven to 16-year-olds around Colchester and Suffolk entered the competition that was sponsored by The Gazette, Colchester, Essex.

Layyina Tamanni, 15, won first place and was presented with a Kindle Fire by Colchester’s MP Will Quince and her school, The Gilberd, received £50 of Amazon Vouchers. Second place prize-winner, Chloe Gregory, 13, of St Helena School, received £50 in Amazon vouchers and Olivia Etim, 16, of Colchester County High School, gained £25 in Amazon vouchers for third place.

Sally said: “We had a high standard of entries from across the area and we had a difficult job choosing a winner. We chose Layyina’s entry as the winner as her subject is very topical, she is very passionate about her subject and it could influence people’s opinions for the better.

“As a newspaper and broadcast journalist for more than 20 years, I know how difficult it is to start a career in the media. Hopefully, our competition will give the three prizewinners a head start as they will have their articles published in the Gazette.”

James said: “Through this competition we are improving the communication skills of our younger generation as well as rewarding them for their creativity. We are so proud of all those who entered.”

Sally and James, who were the judges, considered that Chloe’s article was the best-written entry as a news article and she had interviewed staff and pupils. Olivia Etim’s worked well as a column piece and she had introduced new angles on an old story.

After being presented with their prizes by Will Quince, the winners were shown around the Colchester offices of The Gazette, and their articles are due to be published in the paper.

Sally Anderson-Wai owner of WRITE WAI PR & COPYWRITING SERVICES writes effective digital content and corporate literature for business. She crafts the right words in an effective way to gain businesses better publicity, more leads and greater sales.

Sally, who won two awards in 2015 and was shortlisted in the UK Trust Awards in two categories, was inspired to become a journalist after winning a Star Letter prize in a national teenagers’ magazine. After graduating, she worked on various regional newspapers, at the BBC and was an editor of an international magazine. She was part of a BAFTA award-winning BBC News Interactive Team.

Sally greatly believes in encouraging you people and wants them to attain high standards of English. She formerly ran a Journalists’ Club at an Essex school.

James Cracknell, an Educational Consultant for Tutor Doctor Colchester North, believes learning should be fun and personal which makes it very effective. It should be designed to meet clearly articulated goals and delivered in such a way that the learning is put in a context so that the learner really relates to it. With this approach the student feels empowered, gains in confidence and sees real, sustainable uplift – they are transformed with a can do mentality and mind set. This is why James loves this work so much.

James has lived in this region for the last 28 years. He has an extensive background in team development, finance and marketing he is also a passionate life-long learner. James is committed to his local area; he works with the Colchester Business Development Agency (COLBEA) as a business adviser. He is also a Trustee of Anglia Community Trust who deliver micro grants for local well-being projects in support of our local community. He has a non-paid position at Stanway School as a GCSE and business mentor.

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