Newsquest says it has the best-trained reporters in the industry - after sweeping the board in the latest batch of journalism exam results.
From the 63 trainee reporters across the UK who took the National Qualification in Journalism in November, 43 passed – recording an average pass rate of 78%.
However, Newsquest accounted for 28 of those with 24 passes – recording a higher than average pass rate of 86%.
Among them was Ellis Whitehouse of the Maldon & Burnham Standard who also achieved the highest result in the country in the Media Law exam.
He said: “Reporting in court and inquests is something I’ve really grown to enjoy in this role, and this award shows that I’m clearly doing something right.”
Editorial development director Toby Granville said: “I always thought we had the best journalists in the industry – and results like these prove it. Our focus on having the best-trained fully-qualified reporters means that when it comes to trusted news there is no better place to turn to than your local Newsquest newspapers and websites.”
The full list of 24 Newsquest trainees who passed the NQJ in November are:
Mary Naylor – Bury Times
Jessica Wells – Wiltshire Gazette & Herald
Stacey-Lee Christon – The Northern Echo
Courtney Friday – Reading Chronicle
Tom Davis – Redditch Advertiser
Anthony Lewis – Penarth Times
Chris Binding – South Wales Argus
Lloyd Bent – Westmorland Gazette
Chloe Laversuch – Warrington Guardian
Ned Bristow – Knutsford Guardian
Joshua Searle – Maldon & Burnham Standard
Emily Collis – Bromsgrove Advertiser
Niall Griffiths – South Wales Argus
Sara Royle – Westmorland Gazette
Laura O’Callaghan – Waltham Forest Guardian
Vicky Gayle – Daily Gazette
Robbie Bryson – Braintree & Witham Times
Shruti Sheth Trivedi – Bucks Free Press
Ellis Whitehouse – Maldon & Burnham Standard
Neil Athey – Lancashire Telegraph
David Jagger – Bradford Telegraph & Argus
Josh Wright – Gloucestershire Gazette
Katie Feehan – Essex Echo
Ben Goddard – Hereford Times