More than one hundred trainees sit National Certificate Examination in November

Trainee journalists across the UK sat the NCTJ National Certificate Examination on Friday, 4 November in a bid to gain senior qualification status.

There were 103 news reporters, sub-editors and a sports reporter who completed the four sections of the exam: news interview, news report, newspaper practice and the logbook.

The questions featured topics including suicide and also cancer research following misrepresented medical facts and figures reported in the press.

The NCE is designed to examine all-round competence in a range of fundamental skills and is the professional, senior qualification offered by the NCTJ. All reporting trainees must be able to extract information using excellent interview techniques, reproduce clear and concise reports in a style that attracts readers and demonstrate they are conversant with day-to-day newspaper practice inside and outside of the office.

The NCE ran smoothly last week thanks to the support of seven centres and 46 volunteers who helped out throughout the day acting as interviewees, assessors, invigilators and speech readers.

Results will be made available on Wednesday, 14 December.