The pass rate for the journalists’ National Certificate Examination has fallen again to a “disappointing” 42pc – with examiners blaming a lack of accuracy for the low figure.
The National Council for the Training of Journalists today revealed just 42 out of the 100 reporters who sat the exam in July had achieved senior status – making it the lowest pass rate in the past three years.
It compares with a figure of 48pc from the NCE in July last year when 80 trainee reporters sat the exam and 38 of them had success.
At the last exam in March this year, 45pc of the 107 entrants passed all four parts of the exam to become senior reporters.
The report by chief examiner Steve Nelson from the July exams said the lack of accuracy was a key factor in the low pass rate and questioned whether trainees were receiving enough support from their newspapers.
He said: “It may well be that some trainees are not receiving enough guidance in the office because of reduced headcounts in editorial, but this does not account for the sort of inaccuracies that some markers came across.
“‘Carelessness costs marks’ and ‘poor shorthand was evident in all but a handful of papers’ were just two of the comments from examiners that went some way to explaining the low pass rate.”
The pass rate for each section was 53pc for newspaper practice, 46pc for news report, 62pc for news interview and 96pc for logbook.
Out of the first-time candidates sitting the exam, just 38pc passed.
Those who passed the NCE are:
Jennifer Baker Cambridge News
Alexander Britton Nottingham Evening Post
Jamie Brooks Chard & Ilminster News
Laura Mary Elvin Leicester Mercury
Andrew Fitchett Bury Free Press
Katy Forrester Hull Daily Mail
Ellen Frampton Biggleswade Chronicle
Edward Gent Courier Media Group
Alasdair Gill Evening Telegraph (Dundee)
Nicholas Robert Gill The Comet
Amanda Hall Maidenhead Advertiser
Alice Hemmings Courier Media Group
Nicola Hine Maidenhead Advertiser
Ellie Hunter Derbyshire Times
Daniel Jaines Boston Standard
Ryan Jennings Colchester Evening Gazette
Thomas Edward Jennings Oxford Mail
Gareth Jones North West Evening Mail
Melissa Simone Jones South Wales Argus
Stephanie Jones-Berry Surrey Advertiser
Helen Kreft Burton Daily Mail
Emma Lidiard Westmorland Gazette
Daniel Longhorn Hull Daily Mail
Chris Madden Courier Media Group
Joseph Masi Shropshire Star
Emma Louise Matthews Nottingham Evening Post
Lauren May Epsom Guardian
Ellie Newton-Syms Hull Daily Mail
Hayley O’Keeffe Bedfordshire Times & Citizen
Robert James Owen Penarth Times
Rhianne Lucy Pope Oxford Mail
Lee-Ann Richards Romford Recorder
Laura Routledge Reading Chronicle
Kirsty Ann Smyth Berwickshire News
Robert Smyth Burton Daily Mail
Georga Spottiswood Sunderland Echo
Amy Taylor Surrey Advertiser
Hannah Upton Westmorland Gazette
Neil Gareth Vowles The Argus (Brighton)
Tom Wilson Cambrian News
Alexandra Winter Gazette & Herald (Wiltshire)
Benjamin Woods Eastern Daily Press (Norwich)