65 journalists make the grade as senior reporters as 72 per cent pass the NQJ

Some 72 per cent of candidates made the grade as senior reporters passing the National Journalism Qualification exams in March.

This equals the previous 72 per cent record pass rate achieved in July 2014 for the exams organised by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

Chief examiner Steve Nelson said: “In offering my congratulations, I think it is worth reminding ourselves of just how tough these exams continue to be. Candidates face three exams – media law and practice, news report and news interview – over the course of a day, on top of having to produce a logbook of material generated over at least an 18-month period.

“They are now invariably multi-skilled working across different platforms and are facing perhaps more pressure and requirements than ever before to be competent in dealing with legal and ethical issues.

“These requirements and abilities are all tested in the exams, which represent the gold standard in journalism.”

The exam is only open to journalists who have already passed their NCTJ preliminary qualification and have been working in the industry for two years.

Some 65 candidates passed in total this time round.

The final  National Certificate Examination for Sports Reporters saw four out of five candidates achieving senior reporter status. The qualification is being discontinued due to a fall in demand

Award winners (with examiners' comments)

The Ted Bottomley Award for the best media law and practice paper went to Kate Dickinson of The Westmorland Gazette.

"This was an outstanding paper. It included a near-perfect answer for question 2, plus excellent ones for questions 1 and 3.

"Katie not only showed good knowledge of law and ethics, but she also expressed it with clarity. She picked up on the problems and explained logically how best to deal with them. To drop only nine marks is exceptional. Well done."

The Esso Award for the best news report went to Edmund Crosthwaite of the East Anglian Daily Times.

"Edmund produced a story containing all the key content, written in a logical and very readable fashion, underpinned by some excellent ideas in part B. Overall, he demonstrated a high level of news sense. Congratulations."

The Society of Editors' Award for the best news interview went to Charlotte Austen-Hardy of the Chelmsford Weekly News.

"Charlotte is a worthy winner. Her interview copy told the story in a straightforward, easy-to-follow manner with good chronology. She captured the drama very well. Her use of quotes was excellent."

The Newsquest Award for the best logbook went to Jonathan Robinson of the North West Evening Mail.

"This was an excellent logbook and a great example of the standards we expect to see from candidates. The most pleasing aspect of Jonathan’s submission is that he delivered some of the basic key tasks very well. Tasks such as family events, writing to pictures and numeracy were delivered in a strikingly clear but engaging way and we have no hesitation in naming this entry as our award winner."

Full list of NQJ passes:

Forename

Surname

Company

Tom 

Ambrose 

Richmond & Twickenham Times 

Rhodri 

Andrews 

Bracknell News 

Megan Jane 

Archer 

Wiltshire & Gloucester Standard 

Sophie 

Arnold 

Leigh Journal 

Charlotte 

Austen-Hardy 

Chelmsford Weekly News 

Christopher 

Baynes 

Croydon Guardian 

Henry 

Bodkin 

Aldershot News & Mail 

Peter Michael 

Brown 

North Devon Journal 

Sophie 

Brownson 

South Wales Argus 

Hannah 

Bryan 

Gazette & Herald 

Tara May 

Cox 

Dorset Echo 

Edmund 

Crosthwaite 

East Anglian Daily Times 

Jeremy 

Culley 

The Bolton News 

Cara 

Cunningham 

Knutsford Guardian 

Katie 

Dickinson 

The Westmorland Gazette 

Sean-Paul 

Doran 

Sevenoaks Chronicle 

Charlotte 

Duncker 

Congleton Chronicle 

Christopher 

Dyer 

Essex Chronicle 

Lucy  

Elder 

Maidenhead Advertiser 

Jonathan 

Evely 

Rutland and Stamford Mercury 

Ben 

Fishwick 

The News, Portsmouth 

Dominic 

Gilbert 

Swindon Advertiser  

Faye 

Greenwell 

North Devon Journal 

Richard 

Guttridge 

Express & Star  

Jenny 

Hanson 

The Western Telegraph 

Michael 

Havis 

Hertfordshire Mercury

Neil 

Hawkins 

Evening Echo Newspapers, Basildon 

Lauren 

Howard 

Hampshire Chronicle 

Charlotte 

Ikonen 

Watford Observer 

Lee 

Irving 

Dorset Echo 

Benjamin Joel 

Jackson 

North West Evening Mail 

Andrew 

Jameson 

Croydon Advertiser

Rebecca 

Jones

South Wales Evening Post

Joseph 

Kasper 

Dover Express

Dean 

Kilpatrick 

Folkstone Herald

Luke 

Matthews 

Maidenhead Advertiser 

Kathleen  

Moore 

Hexham Courant 

Danielle Anne 

Morris 

Somerset County Gazette  

Lauren 

Nash 

Hunts Post 

Grace 

Newton 

The Retford Times

Chad

Nugent

Harwich & Manningtree Standard

Becky 

Parker 

Weston Worle & Somerset Mercury 

Katie 

Pavid 

Bristol Evening Post 

Rebecca 

Pearson 

Southern Daily Echo 

Elisha 

Pilmoor 

The News, Portsmouth 

Oliver 

Porritt 

Sevenoaks Chronicle 

Jamie 

Presland 

Henley Standard 

Katie 

Richardson 

The Northern Echo 

Joe 

Riddle 

Salisbury Journal

Jonathan 

Robinson 

North West Evening Mail 

Natalie 

Robinson 

Cambridge News 

Thomas 

Scargill 

Halifax Evening Courier 

Vickie 

Scullard 

The Bolton News 

Fuchsia 

Singleton-Hoare 

Mid Somerset Newspapers 

Alexander 

Smith 

The Sentinel 

Emily 

Stott 

East Kent Mercury 

Matthew 

Strudwick 

Surrey Advertiser 

Stephen 

Sumner 

Sidmouth Herald 

Laura Neve 

Tacey 

Halifax Evening Courier 

Anna 

Verdon 

Courier Media Group

Nadejda 

Vidinova 

Evening Telegraph, Dundee

Peter 

Walker 

Essex Chronicle 

Christopher Lawrence 

Warne 

Freelance

Caroline 

Wilson 

Lincolnshire Echo 

Beth 

Wyatt 

Romford Recorder 

 

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