Reporters sit first National Qualification in Journalism exams of 2016

Sixty-nine trainees sat the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) on Friday hoping to gain senior reporter status.

The NQJ is designed to examine all-round competence in a range of fundamental journalism skills.

The topics featured in the March NQJ papers included a man being attacked on a train, plans to expand an all girls’ school, defamation, contempt and reporting on sexual offences.

In order to gain senior status, all 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 familiar with day-to-day newspaper practice inside and outside of the office.

The NCTJ would like to thank all those who volunteered their time to help out at the eight exam centres on the day.

The results will be emailed to candidates on Tuesday, 12 April.