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Newsquest trainee reporters are top of the class

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

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