Trainee top scoop, National Council for the Training of Journalists Awards for Excellence 2016 

"The judges praised Shanti for beating the nationals and getting the first interview with someone at the centre of a big story and following it up with well-written and packed copy."

My winning entry - in the scoop category for reporters with less than two years' experience - was an interview with transgender prisoner Tara Hudson, who was housed in a men's jail. She was eventually moved following a public outcry. After she was released, Tara spoke to me about the torment she faced at the hands of male inmates. 

It was published by the Daily Mail and the Bath Chronicle among other papers. 

Kevin Fitzpatrick Award for young reporter of the year, National Association of Press Agencies Awards 2016 - shortlisted

Napa chairman Jon Harris said: "The quality of entries in this year’s awards was quite outstanding and is typical of the agenda setting content which our member agencies source, compile and distribute to all media on a daily basis.’’

I was nominated in this category alongside other press agency journalists aged under 25. My shortlisted entry was about a senior police officer who pulled strings and filed for assault against his wife - after she threw a box of chocolates at him. 

It was published exclusively in the Sunday Mirror.

Student top scoop, National Council for the Training of Journalists Awards for Excellence 2015 - shortlisted

My exclusive story about students turning to Facebook to flog bus tickets stirred up fury in the local area and put pressure on the bus company to lower prices.

Written while I was studying at Brighton Journalist Works, it was used on the front page of The Argus and commended by judges in the student scoop category at the annual NCTJ awards. 

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