Saturday, 22 August 2015

Valerie wins final US newsquiz

I said farewell to the trainees in New York yesterday. They had a good final week with sessions by head of video Lisa Snell and former trainee Kelly Mclaughlin. They wrote stories around video, covered a breaking story, did some forward planning stories and submitted full packages to the website. They also had drinks with some of the senior journalists at Swifts Bar. Next week they will be going through the second stage of training in London. I look forward to seeing them on the other side. As always we finished with the week with the newsquiz. Congratulations to Valerie Edwards who was this week’s winner with 14.5 points out of 25. See if you can do any better.

Trainees Valerie Edwards, Jessica Chia, Clémence Michallon, Kalhan Rosenblatt and Alex Genova in the newsroom in New York

1. Who was allegedly looking for 'conventional sex, experimenting with sex toys, one-night stands, sharing fantasies, sex talk’ on the Ashley Madison website?
2. What was the name of the group of hackers who released data from the Ashley Madison site?
3. According to the Ashley Madison data, which state is 'by far the most adulterous place in the US?’
4. New York mayor Bill De Blasio is trying to clampdown on topless women who pose with tourists in Times Square. How much do the women charge per photo?
5. What is the name of Cheryl Fernandes-Versini's new perfume?
6. Who said 'I’m totally pregnant' during a performance in Los Angeles?
7. The Bangkok bombing took place at which shrine?
8. Andy Murray went undercover this week in Ohio and pretended to be what?
9. Which tournament was Murray playing in?
10. Why was Heather Leavell-Keaton in the headlines? 
11. Who pleaded guilty to charges of travelling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and the distribution and receipt of child pornography?
12. Who was hoping to attract a record crowd at the Ladd–Peebles football Stadium in Alabama?
13. The staff at Platte River Networks, the IT firm which managed Hillary Clinton’s server, posted pictures of themselves on Facebook posing as characters from which film?
14. Whose LA home was searched by police as part of an investigation into child pornography?
15. What is the name of the new art exhibition ‘theme’ park built by Banksy in South West England?
16. Mansur Ball-Bey was shot dead by a police officer this week in which town?
17. The site of the Burning Man festival has been overrun by bugs. In which desert is the festival being held?
18. Who posted a video of herself wearing a t-shirt with 9.99 written on it?
19. Who was found in the house of Steven Sheerer, a convicted heroin dealer?
20. Regular sackings to keep workers on their toes at Amazon were described by one HR manager as ‘purposeful ………….’. What is the missing word?
21. If you are being bullied at Amazon, who should you email?
22. Rapper Lamar Davenport was charged with the murder of Morgan Freeman’s granddaughter E’Dena Hines. What is Davenport's performing name?
23. Treasure hunters say they have discovered a legendary Nazi 'ghost' train packed with loot in a mountain tunnel in which country?
24. Why was ten-year-old Kaley Szarmack in the headlines?
25. Name either of the women who were the first to graduate from the US Army's prestigious Ranger School?

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