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Echo reporter wins editor's award for exam answer
5:44pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
A REPORTER with The Northern Echo has won a prize for giving the top answer in a national journalism exam.
Duncan Leatherdale, who covers the Crook, Willington and Weardale patch in County Durham, scored the best mark in one of the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) senior exams which he sat in Nottingham in July.
The 28-year-old, who was born and raised in Boston in Lincolnshire but now lives in Bishop Auckland, achieved the best mark in the National Qualification in journalism (NQJ) news interview exam.
The exam, one of the three which candidates must pass as well as successfully completing a logbook to become a senior reporter, involved a 20 minute interview with an examiner posing as a police inspector about the fictitious abduction of a child.
The exam was sat by 89 trainee journalists with 65 per cent passing.
Mr Leatherdale, who received a cash prize from the Society of Editors, said: “I was just relieved to have passed, there is no way I was expecting to get a top mark.
“I would like to thank my colleagues and bosses at The Northern Echo and all those I have come into contact with who have supported me in my career.”
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