The Reading Chronicle newspaper is looking for a trainee reporter to join our recently graduated Nick Gutteridge, one of last year's MAs. Coincidentally the Chronicle was my first newspaper, where I spent two extremely happy years learning the trade before graduating onto the Observer. The paper is looking for people with their 100 wpm shorthand and NCTJ diploma, once again emphasising the importance of getting your qualifications!! You can read the details here
No fewer than eight out of our 11 postgrad students have passed their NCTJ Reporting exam at the first time of asking. In percentage terms that's a 73 per cent pass rate for an exam that nationally fewer than 50 per cent of takers pass, so hats off to the postgrads. In addition, five out of the eight successful students scored Bs, an extremely rare achievement, they are all a credit to the Centre. This tops last year's pass rate of 66 per cent for the postgrads' NCTJ reporting exam. Onwards and Upwards.
I will be holding a final two-hour newswriting session on Monday, 12 - 2. I heartily recommend that all of you down to take the exam on April 23 come along. We will be going through two question ones, and my failsafe list of top 30 tips for passing. I have cancelled Thursday's newswriting session after listening to pleas re: the project. Additionally: I only have 6 portfolios ready for posting on Wednesday. These are: Nikki, Danielle, Laura, Dean, Sarah W and Sophie.
Your penultimate chance to take newswriting is April 23, in the holidays. The last chance is June 11, after the end of University exams. After this date, the old-style newswriting exam will be abolished and replaced with the new-style Reporting exam you have not been taught for. Please could all of you who want to take the exam on April 23 register with Anastasia AND PAY by the end of this week.
Dear third year newswriters, due to there being an exam in the little newsroom, I have had to delay our newswriting clinic until 1.30 today. Sorry about that, hope you can still come/don't have a wasted journey, Sarah