57 per cent of entrants pass NCE senior test

Some 105 reporters have made the grade as seniors after passing the NCTJ‘s National Certificate Examination in March.

The pass rate was 57 per cent compared with 65 per cent passing in the September round of exams and 50 per cent in March, 2007.

The exams comprise a gruelling day testing journalists’ abilities to report a speech with shorthand and carry out a news interview as well as testing their knowledge of media law and newspaper practice and their ability to write a news report under pressure.

Journalists were also assessed on a logbook of work compiled from their work on local papers.

Andrew McGill from the Hunts Post won the Society of Editors’ Award for best news interview.

Nicola Park from the North West Evening Mail won the Esso Award for best news report.

Katherine Vine from the Manchester Metro News won the Ted Bottomley award for the newspaper practice paper.

Gemma Peplow from the Leicester Mercury won the Newsquest award for the best logbook.

All received prizes of £250.

The following journalists, listed in alphabetical order, have now passed the NCE:

Lucinda Adam Bucks Free Press

Melanie Adams Southern Daily Echo

Samuel Adams Wanstead & Woodford Guardian

Paul Ainsworth Newark Advertiser

Victoria Allen Redhill, Reigate & Horley Life

Catherine Allen Mansfield Chad

Owen Michael Amos The Northern Echo

Georgia Anderson Hemel Hempstead Gazette

Ellen Louise Beardmore Pontefract & Castleford Express

Sarah Bebbington Janes Information Group

Jodie Beecroft Bridlington Free press

Jonathan Bennett Kent & Sussex Courier

Susannah Berry Wetherby News

Andrew Bond Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph

Natalie Bowyer Hunts Post

Bethan Louise Burke North West Evening Mail

Jemma Callow Banbury Guardian

William Carson Southern Daily Echo

Richard Catton Ripon Gazette

Ailsa Chalk Sidmouth Herald

Lucy Diana Georgina Clapham Bucks Free Press

Emma Louise Clark St Albans Observer

Samantha Clark West Sussex County Times

Monique Cleaver Northants Evening Telegraph

Ruth Clegg Lancashire Publications Ltd

Helen Collis Western Morning News

Dolores Patricia Cowburn Jersey Evening Post

Laura Cummings Dunfermline Press

Laura Elizabeth Dale Herald Express

James Davis Stroud News & Journal

John Deehan Burnley Express

Crispin Dowler Inside Housing

Colin Drury The Halifax Courier

Alexander Ellis Thurrock Gazette

Chris Fay The Northern Echo

Megan Elizabeth Featherstone The Halifax Courier

Nicola Fenwick Darlington & Stockton Times

Alexandra Forsyth The News, Portsmouth

James Forsyth The Echo, Basildon

Joseph Garbe Advertiser & Review

Timothy Green Bucks Herald

Michael Greenwell Nottingham Evening Post

Naomi Christine Jane Harris Express & Echo, Exeter

John Harrison Watford Observer

Sian Harrison Hull Daily Mail

Lisa Higginson Westmorland Gazette

Jennifer Lydia Hollamby Oldham Evening Chronicle

Christopher Hudson Macclesfield Express

Callum Jones The Bucks Herald

Emma Judd Western Gazette

Lawrence Thomas Kennedy News Shopper

Adam King The Bucks Herald

Christopher Kirk Newark Advertiser

David Knapper Leek Post & Times

James Knock Gloucestershire Echo

Elizabeth Lee Chronicle & Echo

David Lindsell Aldershot News

Debbie Lockett Worksop Guardian

Alistair Mackay Kirkintilloch Herald

Warren Manger Coventry Evening Telegraph

Ashley Marshall Harrogate Advertiser

Jonathan Matfin Hemel Hempstead Gazette

Ian Robert McDonald Dorset Echo

Kenneth Francis McErlain Rugby Advertiser

Louise McEvoy The Comet

Andrew McGill Hunts Post

Asha Mehta Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Daniel Menhinnitt Croydon Guardian

Andrew Miller Newark Advertiser

John Morgan Cambridge Evening News

Catherine Morris Diss Express

Claire Moulson Maidenhead Advertiser

Anna Nalborczyk Hereford Times

David Paine Worcester News

James Robert Pallatt Nottingham Evening Post

Nicola Park North West Evening Mail

Nathaniel Merlin Parsons Ham & High

Gemma Peplow Leicester Mercury

Michael Pickard Watford Observer

Andrew Pitt Malton & Pickering Mercury

Graham Poucher Wakefield Express

Louise Psyllides The Sentinel

Laura Rands Ilkeston Advertiser

Tim Raw West Sussex County Times

Ross Robertson Sunderland Echo

Thomas Rowley Tameside Advertiser

Suzanne Rutter The Halifax Courier

Christopher Slavin Newbury Weekly News

Laura Alison Smith The Echo, Basildon

Helen Smithson News Guardian

Christopher Joel Sweet Western Gazette

Daniel Thompson Middleton Guardian

Joel N Turner Leeds Weekly News

Richard Vernalls Kidderminster Shuttle & Times

Katherine Rachel Vine Manchester Metro News

Christopher Visser North West Evening Mail

Lizanne Weafer Stroud News & Journal

Allister Webb Driffield Times

Gemma Wheatley Croydon Guardian

Graeme Wilkinson Carmarthen Journal

Karen Wilson Bury Free Press

Stuart Woledge Sevenoaks Chronicle

Claire Woods Pulman’s Weekly News & Advertiser Series

Andrew Woolfoot Wiltshire & Gloucester Standard

Edward Wrenn Northants Evening Telegraph

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