Friday, 13 September 2013

Stephen wins Mail news quiz and Champagne

Off to the far flung corners. Mail trainees: Standing, Flora Bradley-Watson, Stephen Johns, Annabel Grossman, Emily Kent Smith, Sam Creighton, Tania Steere. Seated,  Jim Norton, Stephanie Linning, Samantha Sharman, Sian Boyle.
The Daily Mail reporting trainees left Kensington today to head off to their placements. They will spend a few month at newspapers including the Evening Standard, the Scottish Daily Mail, the Belfast Telegraph, Hull Daily Mail, The Sentinel in Stoke and the Manchester Evening News. They will then work in a news agency before returning to the Mail next spring. This week they brought in some cracking tales - many of which have been snapped up by the newsdesk. They also had sessions with senior Mail journalists Quentin Letts, Peter Wright, Neil Darbyshire and Alex Brummer, a day with the legal department and a night with many former trainees in the Greyhound pub. As always we finished with a news quiz. Stephen Johns won for the second week in a row, with a score of 13 out of 22, and collected the weekly scratch card and the overall prize - a bottle of Champagne. Well done Stephen. Next week I will be in Howden with the Mail's trainee subs who are at the Press Association's northern HQ for the next four weeks … so there will be plenty more news quizzes to look forward to. The quiz was also done by the Daily Telegraph course in Howden where the top score was 14 by Oliver Duggan. Let me know if you beat it. 

1. Who did Newsnight editor Ian Katz say was 'boring, snoring' in a tweet? 
2. England drew their World Cup qualifier 0-0 with Ukraine in Kiev to go top of Group H … with how many points?
3. Plastic banknotes could be introduced into the UK by 2016. The proposal is that the first £5 note will feature a portrait of whom?
4. Six UK universities were named in the Top 20 in the world. But which was the highest of the UK entrants, coming in at 3rd? For a bonus point, which was top?
5. Nigel Evans resigned from which role?
6. The rate of UK unemployment dropped to what percentage?
7. There will be a spin-off Harry Potter film, with a screenplay written by JK Rowling. What is it to be called?
8. Every UK adult will be allowed to buy Royal Mail shares for what minimum value?
9. Who is the eldest contestant in this year's Strictly Come Dancing? For a bonus point, what age?
10. According to the annual Price of Football Survey which is the most expensive football team in the Premier League to support?
11. Which Hollywood superstar has been on jury service this week?
12. The Voyager probe has left the Solar System and entered what?
13. What did Conservative MP Ian Liddell-Grainger find on his doorstep?
14. The Public Accounts Committee saw the BBC Trust under fire - who chaired the committee?
15. The Trades Union Congress was held in which town?
16. Tony Abbott was elected Prime Minister of which country?
17. The Director of Public Prosecutions insisted the decision to prosecute Michael Le Vell was the right one. Who is the DPP?
18. Brian Sollitt, who died this week, was famous for making what?
19. Rafael Nadal won the US open, meaning he needs only four more victories to equal Roger Federer's all time Grand Slam record. What is that record?
20. Peter Capaldi is to be the latest actor to play Doctor Who. How many official doctors have there been before Capaldi? 


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