Friday, 16 September 2016

Jonathan wins the newsquiz Champagne

The Mail's reporting, subbing and sports online trainees at Northcliffe House today. Quiz winner Jonathan Bucks, with the Champagne, is in the centre 
I had another fascinating week with the Mail’s trainees in Kensington. They had sessions with the legal team of Tim Ross, Julian Darrall, Kirsty Howarth and former Mail on Sunday editor Peter Wright who talked about the Editor's Code. They enjoyed talks by Mail journalists Neil Darbyshire, Christian Gysin, Simon Murphy, Tom Witherow, Charles Garside and Katherine Faulkner. Sketch writer Quentin Letts also entertained them on Monday afternoon. On Tuesday night the reporters covered the Stephen Lawrence Memorial Lecture and Victoria Ibitoye’s article and pictures were published on the Mail’s internal hub. Today the sub-editors had a practical session with assistant chief sub Jenny Ryan, sub-editor Lizzie Palmer and trainer Mike Watson. Sports trainees Rob Cottingham and Glen Williams both came up with Champions League story ideas that made the banner on the MailOnline sports pages. You can see them here and here. Last night we had farewell drinks at the Greyhound. The reporting trainees now go back to the newsroom or off on placement. Good luck to them. The subs and sports journalists have another two weeks training in London. We did the newsquiz at lunchtime. The top trainee this week was Jonathan Bucks with 17.5 points, just ahead of George Clarke on 15.5. The result meant Jonathan was the top scoring reporter over the two weeks training, finishing ahead of second-placed Ellie Hayward. Jonathan was presented with a bottle of Champagne.
The top online scorer in last week's newsquiz was Janet Boyle with a resounding 19 points. The top team was Adam Batstone and his hacks past and present with 17, narrowly beating Lydia Willgress and James Dunn on 16. Here's this week's quiz. As usual, 25 questions about the week. Let me know how you get on. 

Cameron quits Parliament, Bake Off quits BBC  (Questions 1, 2, 4 and 5)

1. David Cameron quit as MP for Witney this week. For how many years did he hold the seat?
2. The Witney by-election will take place on October 20, the same day as a by-election in which other constituency?
3. What did former Conservative chancellor and ex-energy secretary Lord Lawson of Blaby describe as a 'thoroughly lousy deal’?
4. The Great British Bake Off is switching from the BBC to Channel 4 for a deal said to be worth how much a year?
5. Which company makes the Great British Bake Off?
6. Labour MP Emily Thornberry criticised Sky News presenter Dermot Murnaghan for 'pub-quizzing' after he asked her to do what?
7. Hillary Clinton reappeared after her health scare by walking on stage in Greensboro, North Carolina, to the sound of which song?
8. Donald Trump released his medical report. What was his blood pressure?
9. Who was taken to hospital from Stafford prison suffering from sepsis?
10. Professional footballer Pape Souare was airlifted to hospital after a car accident. Which club does he play for?
11. Which town has been named as the worst place to be a girl in England and Wales?
12. Who is featured on the new plastic £5 note?
13. Why did accountant Alex Jerrett cause outrage?
14. A parachutist died after crashing into a housing estate when a 15,000ft leap went wrong. In which county was the accident?
15. Major James Coleby was filmed allegedly snorting a line of white powder off a ceremonial sword while on duty. Which regiment is he in?
16. In which town was an interfaith marriage in a Sikh temple disrupted?
17. Paralympian Kadeena Cox became the first Briton in 32 years to do what?
18. Greta Friedman died aged 92. Why was she famous?
19. Which journalist used the c-word on Radio 4 this week?
20. What is the name used by Russian cyber-criminals who leaked information after hacking into the World Anti-Doping Agency's systems?
21. Four drunken women were thrown off a Monarch flight travelling from Manchester to where?
22. Grime artist Skepta won the Mercury Music prize for which album?
23. Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono took the blue carpet in Leicester Square to promote which film? Full name please.
24. Leicester City made their first appearance in the Champions League. Who did they beat?
25. What do yolo, gender-fluid and clicktivism have in common?

Answers here

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