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Seven out of ten trainees achieving senior status, NCTJ reveals

Seven out of ten trainees have successfully qualified as senior journalists in the past 12 months, representing an increase in the proportion who have made the grade.

The National Council for the Training of Journalists has revealed 59 candidates succeeded in qualifying as a result of National Qualification in Journalism sittings which were held in November 2019, March 2020 and July 2020.

The overall pass rate for 2019-20 is favourable when compared with 2018-19, when 65pc of candidates qualified.

Of the 59 who achieved the passing grade, 25 did so with distinction and 24 with merit.


The section of the examinations in which the highest pass rate was recorded was the e-logbook at 97pc, with 56 out of 58 passing.

In the practical skills exam 58 out of 68 were successful, representing and 85pc pass rate, while 59 out of 79, or 75pc of candidates, triumphed in the media law and ethics in practice exam.

The full list of those who passed the NQJ in 2019-20 is as follows:

First name Surname Company
James Averill Northampton Chronicle & Echo
Thomas Bamford The Bucks Herald
Dan Barker Newmarket Journal
Samual Beamish Dorset Echo
Kieran Bell Maidenhead Advertiser
Daniel Bennett Archant London
Thomas Chapman Eastern Daily Press
Sophie-May Clarke Lancashire Telegraph
Jacob Colley Cumberland News
Lucas Cumiskey Archant North London
Sam Dixon-French West Sussex County Times
Amy Farnworth Lancashire Telegraph
Jessica Farrington Warrington Guardian
Axel Fithen Henley Standard
Olivia Gantzer Reading Chronicle
David George The News, Portsmouth
Holly Gittins The Wakefield Express
Ross Hanvidge Helensburgh Advertiser
Ben Hardy Lynn News, Iliffe Media
Jack Haugh The Gazette
Peter Hennessy Lincolnshire Live
Katherine Heslop Saffron Walden Reporter
John Holden Worthing Herald
Will Jefford Ipswich Star
Charley-Kai John Shetland Times Ltd
Harrison Jones Metro
Priya Kingsley-Adam Suffolk Free Press
Josie Le Vay Powys County Times
Jack Lenton Congleton Chronicle
Jason Lewis Bournemouth Echo
Nathan Louis Watford Observer
Huw Mabe Stroud News and Journal
Melissa Major News and Star
Tevye Markson Reading Chronicle
Conor Matchett Edinburgh Evening News
Seamus McDonnell The Bolton News
Samuel Morton Chichester Observer
Ismail Mulla The Yorkshire Post
Victoria Munro East London & West Sussex Guardian
James Mutch Leigh Journal
Laura Nolan Northern Echo
Thomas Parkes Express & Star
Danielle Poole Dudley News
Alex Richards Devon Live
Carly Roberts Northampton Chronicle & Echo
George Roberts Maidenhead Advertiser
Lucy Roberts Derbyshire Times
James Roberts Oxford Mail
Alex Seabrook Reading Chronicle
Oliver Sirrell The Reading Chronicle
Rory Smith Shropshire Star
Jack Stanners Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser
Ellis Stephenson Sheerness Times Guardian
Daniel Taylor The Mail
Jessica Taylor Bauer Media
Jacob Thorburn The Comet
Joseph Timan The Bolton News
Samuele Volpe Archant North London
Maria Zaccaro Southern Daily Echo