An unemployed journalist has written about the bitter-sweet experience of passing his seniors exam a fortnight after losing his job.
Hugh Morris was a trainee reporter with Archant-owned Cambridge First until it was axed last month with the loss of 12 jobs.
He had already sat the National Certificate Examination in March to quailfy as a senior reporter and was one of 45 successful candidates whose names were announced last week.
But writing on his blog, he described his success as something of a “hollow victory” as he is now without work.
He blogged: “On Wednesday morning, while in bed, with no firm plan for the day and no job to go to, I became a fully-qualified journalist. I became a senior reporter.
“I passed the final set of journalistic exams to bring my credentials fully up to date and now the media world is my metaphorical oyster.
“Only, I’m not actually a senior reporter because I’m unemployed after my newspaper, Cambridge First, shut down a fortnight ago.
“It’s a sad paradox. But this, or so I’ve learned, is life in the media.
“I was ecstatic and mildly shocked when I passed my NCE because, frankly, the exams were difficult. The pass rate was only 45 per cent for March’s exams and on reading the examiner’s report you understand why.
“I am most pleased I passed my seniors, but it does feel like a slightly hollow victory.”
Cambridge First was marketed as a ’21st century weekly newspaper’ when it first hit the streets in May 2010.
But the title failed to make inroads against more established competitors and Archant pulled the plug on it at the end of March.