NCE pass rate hits high of 66%

Some 85 regional press journalists have made the grade as senior reporters after passing their NCTJ National Certificate Examinations last month.

The pass rate, of 66 per cent, was the highest in recent years.

The July exams were also notable because the news interview – which tests shorthand, interviewing and news writing ability – featured the first murder story in the history of the NCTJ.

Reporters were asked to speak to a ‘police inspector’to investigate the scenario surrounding a teenage boy stabbed to death on a street near his home. They then had to write a story for publication on a news website based on an interview with Detective Chief Inspector John Penman.

Although candidates were aware a teenage knife attack victim was in a critical condition, they were not told the story had become a murder inquiry until they began the interview.

The NCTJ examiner’s report said: ‘Those who put the emphasis on the boy and his family were rewarded with a wealth of information.

‘There were plenty of facts available to an empathetic interviewer about the boy (his character, his school – that he had recently completed his GCSEs or Highers, and his family – his mother was at his bedside when he died, his father was being flown back from France where he was a long-distance lorry driver, his brothers and sisters).”

The candidates to win awards for the best results in each part of the NCE exam were:



Nicola Fifield The Press, York


Ian O’Pray Harborough Mail



Edward Davey Islington Gazette

Newsquest AWARD (LOGBOOK – £250)

Neil Skinner Watford Observer

The full list of winners are:

Name Newspaper/agency

Thom Airs Oxford Mail

Alexander Ali Herald Express

Claire Jane Armstrong Dewsbury Reporter

Ashley Bolton Southern Daily Echo

Sarah Bould Ripley & Heanor News

Nicola Brady The Garstang Courier

Benjamin Joseph Briggs Lancashire Telegraph

Lisa Bruen Stamford Mercury

Dave Burke Luton & Dunstable Herald & Post

Peter Castle Aldershot News

Samuel Chadderton Chorley Guardian

Jonathan Cheetham News Shopper

Hayley Court Swindon Advertiser

Hannah Crown Enfield Independent

Edward Miles Davey Islington Gazette

Katie Davies Hampstead & Highgate Express

Miles Davis Western Morning News

Caron Dias Haringey Independent

Charlotte Ebers West Sussex County Times

Laura Elisabeth Enfield Maidenhead Advertiser

Nicola Fifield The Press, York

Robert William John Fisk News Shopper

Robert Gibson MK News

Owen Griffiths Courier Newspapers

James Hanley Scarborough Evening News

Victoria Holman Manchester Evening News

Jennifer Ivers Derbyshire Times

Thomas Jackson Cambridgeshire Times

Michael James Jarvis Cornish Guardian

Helen Johnson Rochdale Observer

Rhiannon Jones Llanelli Star

Adrian Kajumba Southern Daily Echo

Frances Kindon Northwich Guardian

Cara Lee Streatham Guardian

Shaun Lintern Express & Star

Donna Marie Macallister The Cornishman

Matthew Maher Halesowen News

Christopher John Mallett Derby Evening Telegraph

Paul Marsden Blackpool Gazette

Nicholas James Mashiter Wiltshire Gazette & Herald

Adrianne Maslen Bridport News

Christopher Maxwell Tameside Reporter

Kerry McDermott Express & Star

Katherine McGlinchey Worthing Herald

William McManus Andover Advertiser

Ben McPartland Hampstead & Highgate Express

Caren McPate Kirkintilloch Herald

Piers Meyler Brentwood Gazette

Graham Moody Croydon Guardian

Helen Mullins Worksop Guardian

Aline Mary Nassif Croydon Advertiser

Sarah Newstead The Cumberland News

Katherine Louise Nicholls The Citizen, Gloucester

Sarah Nicholls Western Gazette

Ian O’Pray Harborough Mail

Victoria Olsen Orkney Today

Rachel Parry Mansfield Chad

India Pollock Carmarthen Journal

Hannah Clare Postles Pontefract & Castleford Express

Jonathan Reeve Southern Daily Echo

Hannah Russell Sussex Express

Jonathan Schofield Mansfield Chad

Edward Sexton Crawley Observer

Emma Seymour Kent & Sussex Courier

Nafeesa Shan Lancashire Telegraph

Kate Shannon Fife Free Press

Jenny Simpson Lancashire Evening Post

Neil Skinner Watford Observer

Natalie Jane Slater Reading Evening Post

Laura Squires Banbury Guardian

Victoria Lynn Stockman Warrington Guardian

Eleanor Stride Basingstoke Gazette

Roslyn Tappenden Redhill, Reigate & Horley Life

Lorraine Tinney Greenock Telegraph

Andrew Van Terheyden INS News Agency

Tracy Walker Hartlepool Mail

Louise Wallace Lincolnshire Echo

Daisy Wallage Lynn News

Katherine Susan Wheeler Sunderland Echo

Helen White Newbury Weekly News

Clive Whittingham Ripley & Heanor News

Jessica Williams The Sentinel

Cherry Elizabeth Wilson Rotherham Advertiser

Emma Wright Weston & Somerset Mercury

Rehana Zeria Halifax Evening Courier

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