Centre for Journalism graduates scoop top NCE prizes
Monday, April 18, 2011
Two Journalism alumni have been recognised in the NCTJ's National Certificate Examinations
Two Diploma in Journalism graduates have been recognised in the National Certificate Examination (NCE), acknowledged by editors as the industry’s national standard for professional journalists.
Rob Alderson and Gemma Casey who studied postgraduate newspaper journalism at the school's Centre for Journalism picked up three awards between them.
Rob (Hastings & St Leonards Observer) won two awards for his exceptional performance in the examination - the News Interview Award, sponsored by the Society of Editors, and the News Report Award, sponsored by Esso.
The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), who manage the examinations said Rob’s news interview story “caught all the drama” of a tragic tale. They praised him for his impressive coverage of the emotion and tragedy of the event and for using all the facts to produce “a thoroughly readable story”.
In the news report exam, the examiners said Rob combined the skills of accurate reporting with an excellent news sense to produce a story that was “head and shoulders above the rest”.
Gemma (Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard) won the Ted Bottomley Award, sponsored by Midland News Association, and received recognition for her impressive performance in the newspaper practice exam.
The NCTJ’s examiners said Gemma’s paper showed an excellent understanding of law with a “near-perfect” exam answer, while the depth and breadth of her answer also demonstrated “a good understanding of how a modern reporter must think and work”.
Paying tribute to Rob and Gemma’s success, the Centre for Journalism’s director, Professor Richard Tait said: "I was delighted to see how well Robert and Gemma performed in the recent NCE – they are a credit to Cardiff and to the NCTJ and I wish them every success in their future journalistic careers".