NCE results: pass rate up to 55 per cent

Some 155 reporters were successful in the April 2005 National Certificate Examination – a pass rate of 55 per cent.
  
This was up from 123 and a pass rate of 47 per cent in the October exams.
 
To
pass the NCE and qualify as senior reporters, journalists have to be
successful in four different sections: news interview, speech,
newspaper practice and logbook.
 
The pass rate for the news interview section was
72 per cent, the highest for many years. Candidates had to investigate
a story about possible devil worship at St Mary’s Church, Oxdown and an
attack on the vicar who interrupted proceedings.
 
In the speech exam trainees were asked to report on the closure of post offices and 68 per cent passed this section.
A total of 184 candidates passed the logbook section of the NCE, a pass rate of 94 per cent.
 
Four journalists were singled out for special excellence awards for their work:
 
Danyelle Garside,from the Maldon & Burnham Standard, won the Society of Editors’ award for the best news interview.
 
Sarah Carless of the Gazette Series won the Esso award for best speech story.
 
Lucy Stephens from the York & County Press won the Ted Bottomley award for the best newspaper practice paper.
 
The best logbook was submitted by Stephanie Hancock, a reporter on the East London Advertiser.
 
For full list of winners see Press Gazette magazine.
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