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Journalism success

19 April 2011

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Two Cardiff journalism graduates are celebrating after being 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 the Postgraduate Diploma in Newspaper journalism at the University’s Centre for Journalism picked up three awards between them.

Rob, a senior reporter at the 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.

Speaking about the awards, Rob said: "It’s all a bit surreal to win the awards. I felt the interview had gone quite well but I thought I had tied myself in knots on the news report."

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".

Another Cardiff University postgraduate, Gemma Casey, now at the Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard, received recognition for her impressive performance in the newspaper practice exam.

Gemma won the Ted Bottomley Award, sponsored by Midland News Association, and spoke of her delight when she heard the news.

"I am thrilled to win the Ted Bottomley Award, it is an amazing feeling to know that the hard work paid off. It is an honour to win an award named after a fantastic journalist like Mr Bottomley."

Paying tribute to Rob and Gemma’s success, director of the Centre for Journalism at the University, 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."

The prize for award winners is a £250 cheque and a certificate to recognise their achievement.

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