Reporters sit final NQJ exams of 2014

Seventy-two reporters sat the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) exams on Friday, 7 November hoping to gain senior status.

Reporters sat the senior qualification for journalists at nine centres across England and Scotland. The NQJ is now a regulated qualification by Ofqual.

The NQJ is designed to examine all-round competence in a range of fundamental journalism skills. The qualification consists of four parts: a news report; a news interview, a media law and practice paper and an e-logbook.

Reporting scenarios featured in the papers included a robbery and a fire at an historic pier. Candidates were also required to identify and explain legal issues in reporting situations, such as breach of copyright and defamation, as well as the ethical issues involved in interviewing children and vulnerable people.

The day progressed smoothly thanks to the help of volunteers at all centres. The results will be made available in December 2014.