Walter (centre) receives his award from Olympic gold medalist Amy Williams and BBC presenter John Humphrys.
Congratulations to Walter Greenwood who received the Journalists' Charity Special Award at the British Press Award last night. Walter has saved the skins of countless hacks as co-author of Essential Law For Journalist and as a media law advisor. He was also co-founder of the Thomson Regional Newspapers training centre in Newcastle (which is now one of our training centres) and until last year was head of the NCTJ law board. He still marks our law exam papers. Press Association Training's media law trainer, and current co-author of Essential Law, David Banks said of Walter: "He has done more than anyone to keep the courts open to the press and to stop the erroneous placing of restrictive orders by misguided judges and magistrates. And to top it all he's a true gentleman and a fantastic mentor to generations of journalists."
It was also great to see one of our former trainees Jon Swaine on stage as part of the victorious Telegraph team. Jon trained in Howden on the first multimedia course that we ran for the Daily Telegraph and was a nominee for Young Journalist of the Year. Other former trainees who were nominated for awards were Guy Basnett, Andrew Gregory, Fiona Cummins and Sarah Tetteh. Finally, a special mention to Press Association photographer Stefan Rousseau who won Photographer of the Year. Well done to them all. Full list of winners. Boris Johnson's speech