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Newsquest chief: ‘NQJ results prove we have industry’s best journalists’

tobygranvillenewA regional publishing boss has hailed the success of his company’s newly-qualified senior reporters – saying their results prove it has “the best journalists in the industry.”

Newsquest editorial development director Toby Granville, left, congratulated the group’s 24  new seniors after they passed last month’s National Qualification in Journalism.

A total of 63 candidates sat last month’s NQJ exam with 49 achieving success in all four parts – media law and practice, news report, news interview and logbooks.

Of those 49, the 24 successful Newsquest candidates represented almost half the total.

Said Toby: “I always thought we had the best journalists in the industry – and results like these prove it.

“Our focus on having the best-trained fully-qualified reporters means that when it comes to trusted news there is no better place to turn to than your local Newsquest newspapers and websites.”

A total of 28 Newsquest journalists sat the exams, giving the company an overall pass rate of 86pc – compared to the record-equalling 78pc national pass-rate.

As reported on HTFP yesterday, Ellis Whitehouse, of Newsquest weekly the Maldon & Burnham Standard, was awarded the prize for best performance in the media law and practice exam.


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  • December 15, 2017 at 9:45 am

    But not enough of them. The poor sods on my local morning rag are ridiculously overworked and cannot even be bothered to answer e mails.

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  • December 15, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Well done to the successful NQJ candidates. Now they are appropriately qualified to go and find a proper job somewhere else.

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  • December 15, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I wonder. How many of those newly-qualified Newsquest sacrificial lambs will still be in situ in 12 months time?

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