The  selection for the Bob Friend Sky News Scholarship is arguably one of the toughest processes that any first year student journalist in the country will have to undertake. Rightly so, because the prize at stake is so prestigious.

So congratulations are in order for all of the students who had a stab at it this year, particularly the five who were shortlisted following their submission of detailed treatments for 24 hours of Sky News coverage. 

This morning they sat a tough written test, and then went before a panel of senior journalists, who grilled them rigorously on a variety of journalism-related topics.

Only one winner can emerge, though, and this year Conor Diggin has the great honour of becoming the Bob Friend scholar for 2014. His achievement will be marked at the Bob Friend lecture on 27 February, which will be given this year by Sky News chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay.

The other four shortlisted candidates were Sarah Boast, Ben Kosma, Jaqueline Gordon and Alistair Iveson. Their performance under intense pressure was a credit to the Centre. Hopefully, when the dust settles, they will use the experience to go on to great things - as many previously shortlisted candidates have done before them.



Congratulations Conor, and everyone else that entered!

Well done, Conor. I heard your presentation was very impressive. Congratulations! Richard


Conor Diggin is the Bob Friend Sky News Scholar for 2014