NCTJ NCE pass rate rises to 65 per cent

Some 130 journalists have made the grade as professional journalists in the latest NCTJ NCE exams – a pass rate of 65 per cent.

The exams this year included an element in which journalists were told write as if for the internet rather than the next day’s paper. The March exam this year had a 50 per cent pass rate.

The first-time pass rate was higher than in previous exams at 68 per cent.

Trainees who took September’s exam were marked for the first time on a log book of their work as a reporter, containing different types of stories such as court reports and inquests. Nearly all candidates, 96 per cent, passed this element.

Tarik Alraheed from the Malvern Gazette won the NCTJ’s prize for the best logbook.

In the news interview section, passed by 74 per cent, where trainees interview an examiner face to face, trainees for the first time were told to file the story as if they were filing for their newspapers’ website, instead of the next day’s edition.

Caroline Boyd, of the Newark Advertiser, won the Society of Editors’ award for the best news interview, writing what moderators called an ‘excellent, authoritative report”.

For the news report section, which 74 per cent also passed, trainees had to write a story on child obesity. Andrew Whelan, from the Brighton Argus, won the award for best news report, with moderators praising his report as ‘error free and a pleasure to read”.

The newspaper practice paper, which tests legal knowledge, was passed by 79 per cent of candidates and the Crawley Observer’s Matthew Graw won the prize for this section.

Christopher Daniel Amery of the St Helens Star was awarded the Pamela Meyrick Award for NCE candidates working in Northern England or North Wales.

The successful candidates are:

Ruhubia Akbor, Oldham Advertiser

Tarik Alrasheed, Malvern Gazette

Christopher Amery, St Helens Star

Stuart Amos, Surrey Comet

Emma Atkinson, The Citizen, Gloucester

Fiona Audley ,Barking and Dagenham Post

Anne-Marie Baker The Bath Chronicle

John Baker Spalding Guardian

Julie Bartram Spenborough Guardian

Lynsey Bews Fife Free Press

Christopher Birkle Nottingham Evening Post

Marcus Boocock Nottingham Evening Post

Caroline Boyd Newark Advertiser

Jennifer Brookfield Rossendale Free Press

Shirley Brooks Derby Evening Telegraph

Robert James Brown Woking News and Mail

James Stuart Bryce The Daventry Express

Karen Burke Ilford Recorder

Tegan Chapman News Guardian

Jenny Clover South London Press

Matthew Colledge Chard & Illminster News

John Collingridge Hull Daily Mail

David Michael Connop-Price Basingstoke Gazette

Ellen Anne Cook Express & Echo, Exeter

Victoria Corbett Wokingham Times

Charlotte Cox Macclesfield Express Advertiser

Robert Dabrowski The News, Portsmouth

Andrew Daniels Westmorland Gazette

William Davison Town Crier Series

Jonathan Doel South Wales Argus

Laura Downton The Hampshire Chronicle

Marcus Harry Dysch Hendon Times Group

Emily-Ann Elliott Basingstoke Gazette

Tom Edwards Express & Star, Wolverhampton

Katie Fitzpatrick Rochdale Observer

Alexandra Fredman Whitby Gazette

Claire Margaret Fry Worcester News

James Gates Melton Times

Matthew Gaw Crawley Observer

Liza-Jane Gillespie Gazette Series Bailey Newspaper Group

Benjamin Green Worksop Guardian

Jack Grove Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Chantal Rosalyn Harris Esher News & Mail

Claire Hutchinson Crawley Observer

Christopher Henwood Llanelli Star

Suzannah Hills Western Telegraph

Thomas Hughes Lincolnshire Free Press

Andrea Hyam The Rutland Times

Tristan Harris Bromsgrove Standard

David Jackson Northants Evening Telegraph

Christopher Johnson Croydon Advertiser

Matthew Johnson Grimsby Telegraph

Fariha Karim Greenock Telegraph

Hurtej Kaur Nottingham Evening Post

Steven Kelly Runcorn World

Alicia Kelly Worcester News

Laura Kenny Middleton & N. Manchester Guardian

Daniel Kerins The News, Portsmouth

Hannah Kirk Pocklington Post

Angela Lisa Kirk Lancaster Guardian

Sadie Lawlor Sleaford Standard

Catherine Lea Wakefield Express

Rachel Leslie Wilmslow Express Advertiser

Deborah Linton The Bolton News

Natalie Mahon Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph

Richard Mason Darlington & Stockton Times

Steve Mather Evesham Journal

Samantha Matthew Slough Observer

Chloe Mayer Barking & Dagenham Recorder

Philip McCabe Freelance

Suzanne McTaggart Yorkshire Evening Post

Dominic Mills Leek Post & Times

Gareth Moorhouse Wiltshire Times

Charlotte Jane Morgan Wiltshire Times

David Moroney Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald

Richard Morris North West Evening Mail

Lynn Morris Daily Echo, Bournemouth

Andrew Mortimer Hull Daily Mail

Emma Mottram Redditch Standard

Sophie Moynes West Cumberland Times & Star

Laura Naylor The Sentinel

Cathy Neligan Halifax Evening Courier

Anthony O’Connell Llanelli Star

Catherine Oakes Derby Evening Telegraph

George Oliver Rossendale Free Press

Helen Victoria Orrell Essex Chronicle

Charlotte Orson Lincolnshire Echo

Lee Peace South Yorkshire Times

James Peacock Express & Star, Wolverhampton

Daniel Peters Mercury Series

Lorna Phelan Pontypool Free Press

Diana Pilkington Wimbledon Guardian

Ruth Caroline Pott-Negrine Chronicle & Echo

Diana Elizabeth Prince Evening Herald

Fiona Margaret Purnell Glenrothes Gazette

Miran Farah Rahman Keighley News

William Ramsey Hull Daily Mail

Megan Reynolds Waltham Forest Guardian

Robert Norley Rowlands Newbury Weekly News

Kathryn Ryan Salford Advertiser

Hannah Scorer Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph

Gabriel Shepard Kent & Sussex Courier

Jennifer Silver The Forester

Rachel Sixsmith Horticulture Week

Kate Skelton Nottingham Evening Post

Amanda Claire Smith The Bolton News

Laurel Smithson Welwyn & Hatfield Times

Emma Louise Spencer Barnsley Chronicle

Jonathan Stayton Esher News & Mail

Martin Steinmetz Chorley Guardian

Corey Stephenson The Southern Daily Echo

Mark Tallentire Darlington & Stockton Times

Johanna Thewlis Bury Free Press

Stephen Thirkill Mansfield Chad

Cherry Thomas Lytham St Annes Express

Julian Thorpe Barnsley Chronicle

Jean Margaret Tilley The Somerset County Gazette

Lydia Tipple Andover Advertiser

Hannah Truman Cumberland & Westmorland Herald

Stephanie Tye Swindon Advertiser

Alexandra Valk Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Marc Walker Ilford Recorder

Simon Nathan Ward Rugby Advertiser

Andrew Westbrook Wandsworth Guardian

Andrew Whelan The Argus, Brighton

Damon William Wilkinson Rochdale Observer

Laura Williams Wiltshire Gazette & Herald

James Williamson Westmorland Gazette

Adam Wilshaw Western Morning News

Sam Woodman Worthing Herald

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