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Near-perfect NQJ law pass rate as two-thirds become qualified seniors

NCTJ logo final cmykJournalists sitting the latest round of senior exams recorded a near-perfect pass rate for media law and 100pc for e-logbook.

Two-thirds of candidates sitting July’s National Qualification in Journalism have now successfully qualified as seniors, the same proportion who passed the exams’ news report module.

A total of 35 of the 53 candidates who sat at six centres on Friday 7 July were successful in all four parts, with a 70pc pass rate for the news interview exam.

This was the 14th sitting of the NQJ since it replaced the National Certificate in Journalism four years ago.

The overall pass rate was down 6pc on the previous sitting in March.

In all, 41 journalists were sitting the exams for the first time and 12 were retaking.

Topics tested in the media law exam including defamation and the qualified privilege defence available when reporting from a public meeting, along with confidentiality.

The paper also tested knowledge of what constituted contempt when a case was active and the defence available under the Attorney General’s assurance when quoting from a police appeal.

The 100pc pass rate for the e-logbook was the first since March 2015.

A total of 34 out of 51 sitting the news report exam passsed, while 35 of 50 were successful in the news interview.

The next NQJ exam will take place on Friday 3 November, while the closing date for enrolment is Friday 22 September.

The full list of successful candidates is as follows:

Nicola Birch – Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph
Samantha Booth – Croydon Advertiser
Charlotte Bowe – The Northern Echo
Jack Brooke-Battersby – Westmorland Gazette
Jennifer Lynn Brown – The Cumberland News
Tom Burnett – The Sentinel, Stoke
Matthew Clemenson – Ilford Recorder
Stephen D’Albiac – The Western Gazette
Laura Drysdale – Wakefield Express
Jack Duggan – Rugby Advertiser
Sian Elvin – Kent & Sussex Courier
Sophie Grubb – Oxford Mail
David Hannant – Eastern Daily Press
Daniel Hayes – Derbyshire Times
John Herring – Newbury Weekly News
Katherine Hopps – Barking & Dagenham Post
Catherine Johnson – Braintree & Witham Times
Lara Keay – Wanstead & Woodford Guardian
Callum Keown – Oxford Mail
Jessica Labhart – Express & Star, Wolverhampton
Matthew Lennon – Watford Observer
Thomas Mackintosh – Croydon Advertiser
Joe Middleton – Kent & Sussex Courier
Steven Prince – South Wales Argus
Jasmine Rapson – Bucks Free Press
Nicholas Reid – Tamworth Herald
William Rimell – Southern Daily Echo
Steven Salter – Somerset County Gazette
James Silcocks – Louth Leader
Anne Suslak – Herts Advertiser
David Taylor – The Bolton News
George Torr – Sheffield Star
Rhea Turner – Burton Mail
Thomas Van Klaveren – Croydon Advertiser
Abigail Weaving – Saffron Walden Reporter

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  • August 18, 2017 at 10:06 am

    And yet I still routinely get court copy coming across my desk without, for example, a plea or mitigation or, as happened the other day, with a defendant described as having been found guilty who’d actually pleaded guilty. It’s hard to explain, what with all these brilliantly qualified reporters about. I don’t suppose it could be because the copy’s actually come from a council lawyer or a police press officer, and the reporter hasn’t had a chance to deploy their expert legal knowledge because they haven’t even read it before slapping it up on the web? Surely not?

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