A Whitehaven News and Times & Star journalist has been shortlisted for a national award.

Lucy Jenkinson is one of three trainee reporters and apprentices from around the country to make the shortlist for Top Scoop in this year’s NCTJ Awards for Excellence.

The winner will be announced on November 28 at an awards ceremony held at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, hosted by Sky Sports presenter David Jones.

A record number of entries were submitted to the NCTJ for its annual awards, with 395 entries received across 15 categories.

The Whitehaven News has also recently been shortlisted for an award. The paper is up for the Community Newspaper of the Year award in the O2 Media Awards North West.

The winner will be announced at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford on November 7.