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Pass rate goes up for photography trainees

Two-thirds of the latest batch of trainee photographers to take the National Certificate Examination have achieved ‘senior’ status.

Twelve candidates from across the local press descended on Sheffield College for the exams, with the 67pc pass rate matching that of the previous exam in May, and representing a jump from the 20pc rate 12 months ago.

The exam included the mock funeral of a playboy – enacted by the college’s performing arts students – who died at the flat of his mistress.

Candidates had to capture action shots for a newspaper and website, with the drama intensifying when the mistress turned up at the funeral and flung herself on the coffin.

Steve Phillips, photography chief examiner with the National Council for the Training of Journalists, said: “The November NCE for photographers, hosted by Sheffield College, went extremely well.

“I would like to thank all the staff and students from the college who were involved for their hard work and professionalism.

“The work of the candidates during the exam was pleasing with all candidates managing to get a picture from the action section. There were also some creative shots taken during the feature section.”

The full list of trainees who passed the NCE for photographers and photojournalists is:

Jennifer Banks, Western Gazette
Jemma Cox, Nottingham Evening Post
Elizabeth Kearsley, Northants Evening Telegraph
Leah McLaren, Derby Telegraph
Laura Page, Derby Telegraph
Gus Sivyer, The Bolton News
Laurence Underhill, Express and Echo, Exeter
Gwen Woods, The Sentinel

  • A total of 209 trainee reporters sat the NCE for reporters at 14 centres across the UK last month. Results are due out on 18 December.
  • Comments

    lensgirl (02/12/2009 13:18:03)
    Good luck to them in their jobs. Most local weeklies papers fill space with rubbish sent-in snaps because they won’t employ enough staff.