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Pass rate remains steady for senior reporter exam

The pass rate for journalists sitting the National Certificate Examination has remained steady with just over half the candidates gaining senior status.

In a topical examination held on 5 March at 15 centres around the country, candidates were asked to write a news report on planned industrial action by airline staff.

Of the 186 hopefuls who sat the exam, 97 were successful – a pass rate of 52pc.

The figure was broadly in line with pass rates for other recent NCEs – 51pc in November 2009, 48pc in July 2009, and 49pc in March 2009.

As well as the News Report, candidates were also tested in the News Interview, Newspaper Practice and Logbook categories.

To qualify as a senior, trainees have to be successful in all four papers.

Pass rates for the individual sections were: News Report 60pc, News Interview 65pc, Newspaper Practice 63pc, Logbook 95pc.

The chief examiner said there were some excellent news stories and newspaper practice answers in all four sections and congratulated candidates for their achievement.

Trainees who passed the March NCE for reporters:

Katie Adams, Wiltshire Times
Rachel Allen, Wiltshire Times
Chinwe Akomah, Congleton Chronicle

Inderdeep Bains, Slough Observer
Alexandra Barham, St Albans & Harpenden Review
Jennifer Bell, The Press, York
Laura Blyth, Express & Star, Wolverhampton
Elizabeth Broughton, News and Star, Cumbria
Cadisha Brown, Kidderminster Shuttle and Times
Adam Burling, Kidderminster Shuttle and Times

Paul Cahalan, Wandsworth Guardian
Hana Callard, Monmouthshire Free Press
Lisa Campbell, Keighley News
Joanne Charlton, Croydon Advertiser
Paul Christian, East Herts Herald
Rachel Clare, Stroud News and Journal
Jennifer Coombes, Ilford Recorder
Alexa Copeland, Bridlington Free Press
Adam Cornell, Maldon & Burnham Standard
Andrew Coulson, Morpeth Herald
Marijke Cox, KOS Media
Lucy Cramer, Thurrock Gazette
Natalie Crockett, South Wales Argus
Charlotte Cross, Express & Star, Wolverhampton
Laura Crothers, Scarborough Evening News

Daniel Darlington, Maidenhead Advertiser
David Deans, South Wales Argus
Faye Dickson, South Wales Argus
Anna Dowdeswell, The Bucks Herald
Adam Drummond, Berwick Advertiser
Frances Duckett-Pike, The News, Portsmouth

Andrew Edgeworth, Grimsby Telegraph
Sonia Elks, Clacton Gazette
Sarah Elliott, Express & Echo, Exeter
Suzanne Elvey, East Kent Gazette
Lauren Everitt, Bracknell News

Simon Faulkner, Grimsby Telegraph
Leanne Fender, Freelance
Amy Fenton, North West Evening Mail
James Fisher, Bridgnorth Journal

Robert Garratt, Norwich Evening News
Thomas Gibbon, Banbury Guardian

Claire Hack, Epping & Ongar Guardian
Laura Hammond, Belper News
Claire Hardy, Newbury Weekly News
David Hemming, Bridgwater Mercury
Elizabeth Henzell, Sidmouth Herald
Charlotte Hester, Shrewsbury Chronicle
Sarah Hickinbotham, Evesham Journal
Trudi Hodges, Clevedon Mercury
Sarah Holt, Lincolnshire Echo
Esther Hutcheson, Linlithgowshire Journal & Gazette

Scott Inglis, East Fife Mail
Rebecca Inman, Northants Evening Telegraph

Caroline Jones, Derby Telegraph
Megan Jorsh, News and Star, Cumbria
Jonathan Jurejko, Doncaster Free Press

Daniel Keel, News Shopper
Joanna Kilvington, Richmond & Twickenham Times

Stacey Lewis, Wiltshire Gazette & Herald
Molly Lynch, North West Evening Mail

Richard Marsden, Northants Evening Telegraph
Hannah Marsh, West Sussex County Times
Guy Martin, Surrey Advertiser
Jonathan Mattos, Hull Daily Mail
Ian Matuszczyk, Cheddar Valley Gazette
Matt Meade, Dunfermline Press
Delia Monk, Nottingham Evening Post
Edward Moore, The Herald, Plymouth
Christopher Morris, Macclesfield Express
Sara Morton, Driffield Times
Karen Moss, Barking & Dagenham Post

Martin Naylor, Derby Telegraph
Alistair Nelson, Saffron Walden Reporter

Ruth Offord, Doncaster Free Press

Catherine Phillips, Redditch Standard
David Pickthall, North West Evening Mail

Christopher Richards, Welwyn & Hatfield Times
Ben Robinson, Lancashire Evening Post
Mark Round, Express & Star, Wolverhampton

Timothy Sculthorpe, Scunthorpe Telegraph
Petra Silfverskiold, News Guardian, Whitley Bay
John Sommers, Aldershot News
Susan Stephenson, Scarborough Evening News
Christiana Symmons, Telford Journal

Charlotte Talbot, Woking News & Mail
Ben Thompson, Wimbledon Guardian
Joanna Till, Surrey Advertiser
Jacqueline Turley, Isle of Man Newspapers
Victoria Turton, Wakefield Express

Kirsty Whalley, Croydon Guardian
Oliver John Williams, Leamington Spa Courier
Amanda Williams, Oxford Mail
Richard Williams, Courier Newspapers
James Willoughby, Northumberland Gazette

Aamina Zafar, Slough Observer
Yamurai Zendera, Dover Express

Journalists who passed the NCE for sports reporters:

Nicholas Banks, Express & Echo, Exeter
Andrew Sloan, Bristol Evening Post

Journalists who passed the NCE for sub-editors:

Sarah Stead, Reading Chronicle


opto (16/04/2010 11:05:35)
I see someone passed the NCE for sub-editors? Do they still exist.
I thought they were all reporters or glorified office assistants now under the loony “layout before text” regime imposed on hundreds of hapless papers.