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NCE exams: 106 make the grade as senior reporters

Just over half the journalists who took their NCE exams set by the National Council for the Training of Journalists in November made the grade to become senior reporters.

Some 106 candidates out of 209 in total passed all aspects of the test: news interview, news report, newspaper practice and logbook.

The total number journalists taking their NCE in 2009 was 640, a 35 per cent increase on the previous year.

The Society of Editors award for the best news interview went to James Beal of the Bridgwater Mercury.

The Esso award for the news report was won by Jenny Grant of the Essex Chronicle.

The Ted Bottomley prize for the newspaper practice exam went to Samuel Blackledge of the Surrey Advertiser.

And the Newsquest prize for the best Logbook went to Jonathan Birkin of the Derby Telegraph.

The chief examiner for the NCE also made special mention of Catherine Dalton of the Express and Star, who did not win any of the individual exam prizes, but who achieved the highest overall NCE mark.

Full list of those passing their NCE in alphabetical order:

  • Kirsty Barton: Salisbury Journal
  • James Beal: Bridgwater Mercury
  • Daniel James Wooton Binns: Epping Forest Guardian
  • Jonathan Birkin: Derby Telegraph
  • Samuel Blackledge: Surrey Advertiser
  • Laura Bowyer: Leeds Weekly News
  • Kevin Bradford: Hendon Times
  • Winston Brown: Market Drayton Advertiser
  • Lucy Helen Buckland: Courier Newspapers
  • Richard Thomas Burin: Harrogate Advertiser
  • Craig Burnett: Wimbledon Guardian
  • Sarah Calkin: Evening Echo, Basildon
  • Lauren Campbell: Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald
  • Daniel Carden: Matlock Mercury
  • Samantha Chetwynd: The Press and Journal, Aberdeen
  • Alexander Christie-Miller: Crawley Observer
  • Becky Churcher: West Sussex County Times
  • Laura Jane Churchill: North Devon Journal
  • Julian Andrew Cooper: Kentish Times
  • Kerry Leigh Coupe: Rutland & Stamford Mercury
  • Charles Crabtree: Kidderminster Shuttle
  • James Cracknell: Freelance
  • Felicity Crump: Bath Chronicle
  • Sarah Dale: Worthing Herald
  • Catherine Dalton: Express & Star
  • Lucy Ann Dickinson: Romford Recorder
  • Ian Duncan Scarborough Evening News
  • Tara Dundon Peterborough Evening Telegraph
  • David Elliott: Scunthorpe Telegraph
  • Samantha Emanuel: Norwich Evening News
  • Sara Fenton: Leamington Spa Courier
  • Hannah Finch: Herald Express
  • Sarah Louise Firth: Nottingham Evening Post
  • Oliver Florence: Surrey Advertiser
  • Jennifer Foster: Worksop Guardian
  • Gemma Gardner: Royston and Buntingford Mercury
  • Carla George: Barnsley Chronicle
  • Robert Gibson: Hexham Courant
  • Neil Graham: Grantham Journal
  • Jennifer Grant: Essex Chronicle
  • Emma Greenhalgh: Hartlepool Mail
  • Eleanor Harding: Wandsworth Guardian
  • Bryan Henesey: Nottingham Evening Post
  • Nicholas Hitchens: Freelance
  • Lauren Pamela Hockney: Maldon & Burnham Standard
  • James Richard Hoy: Mansfield Chad
  • Andrew Hughes: Shields Gazette
  • David John Anthony Hurley: The News, Portsmouth
  • Timothy Joesbury-Clarke: Worcester Standard
  • Timothy John: Daily Echo, Bournemouth
  • Emma Jayne Jones: South Wales Evening Post
  • Emma Louise Kasprzak: Shropshire Star
  • James Robert Kershaw: Evening Echo, Basildon
  • Tristan James: Kirk Harrow Times
  • Ruby Kitchen: Harrogate Advertiser
  • Emily Koch: Bristol Evening Post
  • Frances Leate: Daily Gazette, Colchester
  • Victoria Leggett: Eastern Daily Press
  • Craig Lewis: Luton & Dunstable Express
  • Owen Lock: South Wales Guardian
  • David Lumb: Banbury Guardian
  • Tyrone Marshal: Lancashire Telegraph
  • Ian Mason: Richmond & Twickenham Times
  • Colleen McDonnell: Freelance
  • Richard Mennear: Hartlepool Mail
  • Thom Morris: Kentish Express
  • James Edward Nadal: Bucks Free Press
  • Katherine Nelson: Kentish Times
  • Laura Nesbitt: Bridgwater Mercury
  • Miranda Jennifer Newey: Warrington Guardian
  • Patrick O’Kane: Westmorland Gazette
  • Tanya O’Rourke: Telegraph & Argus
  • Benjamin Perrin: Swindon Advertiser
  • Daniel Phillips: Harlow Star
  • Michael Purton: News Shopper
  • Nicholas Reinis: Peterborough Evening Telegraph
  • Julia Rodgerson: Matlock Mercury
  • Alexander Ross: Weston & Somerset Mercury
  • Jacob Rusby: Hemel Hempstead Gazette
  • Marina Soteriou: Kentish Times
  • Richard Spillett: Thanet Gazette
  • Emma Felicity Streatfield: Swindon Advertiser
  • Laura Stuart-Cook: Express & Star
  • Matthew Taylor: Westmorland Gazette
  • Paul Lennox Perry Teed: Hounslow & Brentford Times
  • Rhys William Thomas: Hucknall & Bulwell Dispatch
  • Marina Anne Thomas: The Docklands
  • Holly Thompson: Surrey Mirror
  • Benjamin Philip Truslove: Melton Times
  • Suzan Uzel: Cambridge News
  • Matthew Viney: Wolverhampton Chronicle
  • Joe Walker: Kentish Gazette
  • Kirk Ward: West Sussex County Times
  • Verity Ward: Shields Gazette
  • Jonathan Ware: Wiltshire Gazette & Herald
  • Matthew Watts: Streatham Guardian
  • David James Wiles: Stroud News & Journal
  • Christopher Mark Wilkinson: Wigan Evening Post
  • Max Wilkinson: Weston & Somerset Mercury
  • Claire Louise Wilson: Somerset Standard
  • James Wilson: Northwich Guardian
  • Christopher Edward Wood: South Wales Argus
  • Richard James Woodall: Banbury Guardian
  • Kathryn Woodhouse: Western Telegraph
  • Helen Woods: Northumberland Gazette
  • Christopher Young: Congleton Chronicle


2 thoughts on “NCE exams: 106 make the grade as senior reporters”

  1. Well done all, you are the future.
    It is good that more and more trainees are being positive in these dismal times by taking – and passing – the exam. Congratulations to those who have passed; lots of encouragement to candidates who need to retake.
    Maybe the next positive thing to do (if of course you are not a member already) is to join the NUJ. The subscription payment will, I’m sure, more than pay for itself over the years. Strength in numbers, and plenty of professional help in times of need and difficulty, is what counts.
    Sign up and give yourselves a New Year present – put any seasonal cash you are given to good use.

  2. Well done these guys. But wouldn’t it be great if people who passed the NCE could have letters after their name – just like people in other professions? Maybe NCTJ (Cert)? It would be a good incentive, and hopefully raise journalists’ credibility. Any supporters out there?

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