Highest pass rate of the year for NQJ senior reporter exams

Sixty-two percent of candidates taking the National Qualification in Journalism passed to become qualified as senior reporters.

A total of 54 out of 88 reporters passed National Council for the Training of Journalists exams on media law and practice, news reporting and interviewing.

This is the highest pass rate since the National Certificate Examination became the National Qualification in Journalism in March this year.

Lizzie Dearden from the Ilford Recorder won the Ted Bottemley Award for her media law and practice paper, described by the examiner as “a joy to mark”.

Emma Rigby of the Wirral Globe was awarded the Esso Award for news reporting due to her “accurate and informative content”.

Ramzy Alwakeel from the Romford Recorder wn the Society of Editor’s Award for his “readable” news interview which has a “great use of colour”.

Jonathan Taylor from the Western Gazette secured the Newsquest Award for his logbook of work, described as a “competent member of the newsroom” by the examiner.

All four scooped £250 cash prizes for their work.

Rigby, who trained at the Northwich Guardian before moving to the Wirral Globe, said “Passing the NQJ is a dream come true and the perfect Christmas present. After an agonizing wait, I was delighted to hear that I had been successful in becoming a senior reporter – winning this prize is an overwhelming bonus.”

The judges were particularly pleased to see a marked increase in the scores for the media law exam, up 29 percentage points on the last exam.  In addition, 100 percent of candidates passed the logbook section, with promising and praised results.

Shorthand, accuracy surrounding reporting statistics and questioning technique were considered to be the main weaknesses, which led the moderator to question how often trainees are carrying out face-to-face interviews on the job.

The full list of all the candidates who passed are as follows:

Matthew

Abbott

Thurrock Gazette

Ramzy

Alwakeel

Romford Recorder

Gemma

Angell

Courier Newspapers

Ellis

Barker

Newbury Weekly News

Kathryn

Cain

Bedford on Sunday

Johanna

Carr

The West Briton

Elise

Chamberlain

Sutton Coldfield Observer

Marcus

Chippindale

Bucks Herald

David

Cosgrove

Hertfordshire Mercury

Robin

Cottle

Bexley Times

Jessica

Cree

Lancashire Telegraph

Robert John

Dalling

Llanelli Star

Lizzie

Dearden

Ilford Recorder

David

Doyle

Rotherham Advertiser

Anna

Dubuis

Barking & Dagenham Post

James

Dunn

Grimsby Telegraph

Alexander

Evans

Weston Worle & Somerset Mercury

David

Freezer

Eastern Daily Press

Sam

Inkersole

Courier Newspapers

Ben

James

The Argus

Laura

James

The Sentinel

Nicola

Jaques

The Garstang Courier

Lydia Sofia

Johnson

Hereford Times

James

Johnson

News and Star

Alex

Johnston

Ackrill Media Group

Craig

Jones

Wiltshire Times

Luke

Lambert

Evening Echo Newspapers, Basildon

Lucy Elizabeth

Leeson

Hull Daily Mail

Samantha

Lewis

Herts Advertiser

Stephanie

Manley

Westmorland Gazette

Katie

Mansfield

Essex Enquirer

Michael John

Marsh

Somerset County Gazette

Hardeep

Matharu

Epsom Guardian

Daniel Robert

Milligan

Somerset County Gazette

Sophie

Morgan

Western Gazette

Samuel James

Morris

Lincolnshire Echo

Andrew

Nowell

Wigan Evening Post

Amanda

Nunn

Ilford Recorder

Lisa

Porter

Target Series

Thomas

Potter

East Anglian Daily Times

James

Preston

Maidenhead Advertiser

Jonathan George

Pritchard

Shropshire Star

Jason

Pritchard

Banbury Guardian

Emma

Rigby

Wirral Globe

Alexander

Robertson

Courier Media Group

Sarah

Robinson

Whitehaven News

Daniel

Robinson

Henley Standard

Anna

Slater

Hendon Times Group

Sophia

Sleigh

Sutton Guardian

Francesca

Taffs

North Devon Journal

Jonathon

Taylor

Western Gazette

Christopher

Terris Taylor

Warrington Guardian

Sarah

Trotter

News Shopper

Emma

Walker

Dorset Echo

 

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