Friday, 22 September 2017

Can you beat Huw's newsquiz score?

The Mail's trainee subs and some of their pages
The Daily Mail trainee subs had a good week creating pages on InDesign and Photoshop with Mike Brough and learning features subbing with Fiona Webster
Sports trainee Nathan Salt spent time in the sports department and one of his stories, on the youngsters being given a chance in the Caraboa Cup, was published. You can read it here


Nathan's story on young talents in the Carabao Cup
The trainees out on placement were chalking up success stories too. Faye White wrote the splash in yesterday's Irish Daily Mail while Courtney Bartlett worked in the London newsroom on stories including the murder of a head teacher from Taunton. 


Faye White's splash in the Irish Daily Mail
The MailOnline trainees were also busy. Bridie Pearson-Jones wrote the splash in the Oxford Mail today on the parents facing a £100,000 hospital bill. Connor Boyd had a good story on a mother who lost nine-stone by giving up cheese in the Sunday Post and Amanda Cashmore had the splash in the Sunday Sun with a story about a young woman facing deportation. Meanwhile Kate Buck's report on her day-trip to North Korea was well-read on MailOnline.
The Daily Telegraph course started in Howden this week too where Mark Wray, Paul Jones and Malcolm Starbrook put the trainees through their paces.
Both sets of trainees finished the week with the newsquiz. Last week's top online scorer was Lydia Willgress (aided by pizza) with 19, narrowly ahead of Dominic Hurst's 18.5.
This week's top trainee was Mail sub-editor Huw Oliver with 16.5. The Telegraph trainee was Jamie Johnson with 12. Give it a go and see if you can beat Huw's score.  
  
The newsquiz


1. TFL said it would withdraw Uber’s London licence from September 30 but would give the company how many days to lodge an appeal?
2. One of the reasons TFL gave for withdrawing Uber’s licence was its use of software that could block regulatory bodies from 'gaining full access to the app and prevent officials from undertaking law enforcement duties.’ What is the software called?
3. The venue for Theresa May’s major Brexit speech was one of Florence’s most famous churches. Name it. 
4. Asked whether there was a Cabinet split on Europe, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: 'No, we are a Government working together. We are a ____ ____ _____ ____.’ What are the four missing words?
5. Theresa May warned technology companies, including Google and Facebook, they will face punishing fines unless they remove terrorist propaganda within what timescale?
6. Who admitted this week: 'We make mistakes. This time we made a major boo boo’?
7. According to a study by researchers Oxford Economics what two things that people do are the real keys to happiness? Half a point for each
8. Tata Steel Europe, which employs 4,000 in Port Talbot, has agreed a merger with a rival from which country?
9. US President Donald Trump told the UN general assembly that ‘____ ____ is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime’. What are the missing two words?
10. Which 14th century English word, meaning an old person especially one who has become weak or senile, did Kim Jong-un use to describe Donald Trump, saying he would tame him with fire?
11. The 18-year-old Iraqi refugee suspect who was arrested in the Parsons Green bombing was fostered by a couple in which town?
12. The former MP for Dulwich and West Norwood, who served as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, announced she was suffering from brain cancer. What is her name?
13. According to the Office for National Statistics, Oliver and Olivia were the most popular names in England and Wales in 2016, but which names came second in the lists for boys and girls? Half a point for each.
14. What does French chef S├ębastien Bras no longer want?
15. A chant aimed at a Premier League footballer has been described as a ‘racist’ and a 'cheap and insulting stereotype’. Who is the player?
16. The boxer who inspired the film Raging Bull has died aged 95. Name him.
17. Former head teacher Emma Kelty from Taunton was murdered trying to kayak the length of what?
18. Liliane Bettencourt, the world’s richest woman with an estimated worth of £30billion, died this week aged 94. She was the heiress to which cosmetics firm?
19. Wayne Rooney was given a two-year driving ban, after pleading guilty to drink driving, and also ordered to do how many hours of unpaid work?
20. Why was Sir Christopher Geidt in the news?
21. William G Stewart, who died aged 84, hosted which Channel 4 quiz show from 1988 to 2003?
22. Sue and Noel Radford, the parents of Britain's biggest family, welcomed baby number 20. What is he called?
23. It emerged that Frida Sofia never existed … but who was she originally believed to be?
24. England women’s team manager Mark Sampson was sacked by the FA for 'inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour' in his previous managerial role. Where was that role?
25. A Polish drinks company changed the name of its lemonade after lawyers said it infringed the trademark and personal rights of their famous client. What was the drink called?


Answers here

Friday, 15 September 2017

Courtney wins the newsquiz Champagne

The Daily Mail trainees 2017 ... with Courtney holding the Champagne
The Daily Mail trainees had another busy week in London with Mike Watson, Sue Ryan and me. They had sessions with sketch writer Quentin Letts, head of news Ben Taylor, managing editor Alex Bannister and editor emeritus Peter Wright who went through the Editor’s Code in detail. On Tuesday they had a day with the Mail’s lawyers on defamation, contempt, copyright, privacy and the Bribery Act. Congratulations to sports trainee Nathan Salt who had his story on the clash between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel published online. You can read it here.


We finished the week, as always, with the newsquiz. The top online score last week was 13.5 by the PenmansAdam Batstone and Lucy Thorpe and Toby Brown. The low scores made Courtney Bartlett’s 18 all the more impressive. Courtney won the quiz again with another 18 this week. He was narrowly ahead of Oli Gamp on 17.5 and Jacob Furedi and Huw Oliver on 17. Good scores. Courtney collected the Champagne for being the highest scoring reporter over the two weeks. Well done to him. There were also awards to Georgia Edkins, Jake Hurfurt and Courtney for best intros. The reporters leave Derry Street this weekend and head off on placements in Dublin, Glasgow, Liverpool and Bristol. I wish them well. The others have another two weeks’ training to go. Here’s this week’s quiz … 25 questions about the week’s events. Give it a go and let me know how you get on.
  
Hurricane Irma and Paul Hollywood grace the front of the Mail
(Question 4 and 15)
1. MPs passed the EU (Withdrawal) Bill with a Government majority of how many?
2. How many Labour MPs defied Jeremy Corbyn’s three-line whip and voted with the Government in favour of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill?
3. Who told the European Parliament in Strasbourg that 'the wind was back in Europe’s sails’?
4. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the Royal Marines on the hurricane-hit island of Anguilla was 'the biggest operation our armed forces have conducted since ____’. What is the missing word?
5. Theresa May said new police recruits had 'a real terms increase of what per cent' since 2010? 
6. The DUP supported two Labour motions in the House of Commons. What were they? Half a point for each.
7. Commuters were injured after an explosion on a London Underground train at which tube station?
8. The first Premier League manager was sacked after losing four games and his team failing to score. Name the team and the manager. Half a point for each.
9. He introduced London audiences to the work of Samuel Beckett with the UK premiere of Waiting for Godot, founded the Royal Shakespeare Company and was knighted in 1977. Who is he?
10. Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam, speaking on the television show Lorraine, revealed their 15-year-old son Antonio had been diagnosed with which form of rare cancer last year?
11. The UK's first named storm of the year lashed the country with gale force winds of 83mph. What was the storm called?
12. Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr made her first public appearance. Who is her mother?
13. The International Olympic Committee awarded the 2024 and the 2028 summer games to which two cities? Half a point for each.
14. The headteacher of which school has told pupils to be in bed by 9pm, up at 6.30am and that they'll be given buckets to vomit in if they feel sick in class?
15. TV baker Paul Hollywood said he was devastated after a 2003 picture of him wearing a Nazi uniform emerged. Hollywood said he was dressed as a character from which television show?
16. The Museum of London requested a piece of what to exhibit - saying it would help highlight the challenges faced by the world's cities?
17. The daughter of Holby City actor John Michie was found dead on the fringe of which music festival?
18. Cyclist Chris Froome became only the third rider to achieve what in the same year? 
19. Pope Francis got a black eye and blood on his white cape when the Popemobile braked sharply during a procession in which country?
20. What did Francia Raisa give her best friend?
21. Sir Cliff Richard is selling his 300-year-old farmhouse and its surrounding vineyard - in which country?
22. A space probe’s 20-year mission is ending with it plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere. What is it called?
23. Why were Nigel and Sally Rowe in the headlines?
24. Photographer David Slater was embroiled in court case over who owned the copyright of a selfie taken on his camera but not by him? Who took the picture?
25. According to Esquire magazine, what does former Chancellor George Osborne want in his freezer? 


Answers here

Friday, 8 September 2017

Courtney wins this week's newsquiz

Thirteen trainees started the Daily Mail training scheme in Derry Street this week. Seven are reporters, including two on the Stephen Lawrence fellowship, four are subs including one for Weekend magazine and one will be heading to sport. They have been training with Mike Watson and me but have also had sessions with chief reporter Sam Greenhill, invesigations editor Paul Bentley and Harriet Sime from showbusiness. They have been pitching story ideas and Georgia Edkins gained a byline on MailOnline for helping with a story on Stormzy. You can read it here
As always we finished with the newsquiz - 25 questions about the week’s events. The top online scorers in last week's quiz were Janet Boyle and Dominic Hurst who both scored 16, the same score as my mates in the Three Legs. Nobody could beat the 18 by trainee Tim Stickings though. This week’s top scorer was Courtney Bartlett, also with an impressive 18. Well played to him. Here are the questions, see if you can do better. 

The EU and the Royals (Questions 6, 7 and 12)
1. US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley told an emergency meeting of the Security Council that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's 'abusive use of missiles and nuclear threats show he is _____ for war’. What is the missing word?
2. What is the name of the school where Prince George started this week?
3. What is the severe form of morning sickness which forced the Duchess of Cambridge to cancel all engagements including taking Prince George to school on his first day?
4. Who took his family and guests into his wine cellar to shelter as Hurricane Irma destroyed his house above?
5. The Government was criticised for not reacting quickly enough to help British territories in the path of Hurricane Irma. One of those territories is the Turks and Caicos. Name the other two. Half a point for each.
6. Former attorney general Dominic Grieve called the European Union withdrawal bill an ‘astonishing _________ ‘. What is the missing word?
7. An 82-page Home Office paper on Britain's plans to end EU freedom of movement of labour after Brexit was leaked to which newspaper?
8. Who said: 'Our economic model is broken. Britain stands at a watershed moment where we need to make fundamental choices about the sort of economy we need’?
9. Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, in an interview with Good Morning Britain, described what as ‘morally indefensible?
10. What is the hashtag, intended to raise Jacob Rees-Mogg's profile among young voters, that was hijacked by LGBT users who posted images of same-sex couples?
11. What was the name of the 29-year-old woman who Wayne Rooney was driving home when he was stopped for drink driving?
12. One magazine featured an exclusive interview with Prince Harry’s girlfriend, another featured Prince Willam’s wife and was ordered to pay €103,000. Name the two magazines. Half a point for each
13. Who received this year’s Lifetime Achievement award at the TV Choice Awards in London?
14. Who scored the first goal in the charity game at Loftus Road for the Grenfell Tower survivors?
15. What, according to a new guide, sells for an average of £3.31 in Yorkshire and Herefordshire and £4.40 in Surrey?
16. Fifa rejected Leicester City’s application to register Adrien Silva because it missed the deadline. How late was it?
17. Which city has been chosen to represent England’s bid to host 2022 Commonwealth games
18. What was found on an Easyjet flight from Glasgow which grounded a plane in Paris?
19. The Foreign Office's cat has killed at least 27 mice, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. What is the cat called?
20. Walter Becker died aged 67. Which jazz rock band did he found?
21. The US attorney general said the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy would end next year leading to uncertainty for 800,000 people who are known as what?
22. Why has Tarot-card reader Maria Pilar Abel Martinez been in the headlines?
23. How did 41-year-old Aaron Joel Mitchell die?
24. Why was Piers Morgan disappointed with his old school, the Priory in Lewes?
25. Sufferers of ‘cyberchondria’ are now costing the NHS at least £420million a year, say experts. What is cyberchondria.

Answers here

Friday, 1 September 2017

Dianne collects the newsquiz Champagne

The trainees this afternoon with newsquiz winner Dianne holding the champagne

I said goodbye to the MailOnline trainees today who are heading off on their placements at regional newspapers and agencies. They had a lively final week with Adam Tinworth, Sue Ryan, social media editor Chris Lawrence, Metro.co.uk executives Deborah Arthurs and Richard Hartley-Parkinson, assistant news editor Amanda Williams and Natalie Glanvill from the managing editor's office. They also met the visiting Australian trainees who were passing through London on their way back to Sydney. Last night we had a few drinks with their newsroom colleagues, including some former  trainees, at the Greyhound.
Today there were course awards to Kate McGreavy for most stories published, Tim Stickings and Abigail Gillibrand for best picture headlines, Danny Hussain for best intro, Phoebe Southworth for best headline writing and Bridie Pearson-Jones for best showbiz headline.   
We finished, as always, with the newsquiz. The top solo score online last week was 15 by Liz Gerard, not quite enough to beat an impressive 18 scored by trainee Danny Hussain. The top team score online was 19 by Lydia Willgress and James Dunn. This week's highest scorer on the course was Tim Stickings with 18 out of 25. But despite a strong score, Tim was unable to catch Dianne Apen-Sadler whose 15 made her the overall winner over the four weeks with an average score of just over 16. She won a bottle of Champagne for consistent good news knowledge. Well done to Dianne and to all of the trainees for some good work over the four weeks. They are bright and likeable and I wish them well in the next stage.
Here's this week's newsquiz ... 25 questions about the week's events. Give it a go and let me know how you get on.  


Elderly people waiting to be rescued in Houston, Texas (Questions  5 and 6)

1. British Prime Minister Theresa May said in Japan this week: 'I said I wasn't a _____, and there's a long-term job to do, there's an important job to be done in the United Kingdom.’ What is the missing word?
2. Theresa May gave her Japanese counterpart something framed and signed by the Choshu Five - noblemen who went on to shape modern-day Japan. What was it?
3. The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said Britain’s approach to Brexit was nostalgic, unrealistic and undermined by a lack of trust. What is his name?
4. Who quit as party leader this week saying it was time 'to pass that baton on’ to someone who had 'fresh energy, drive and a new mandate’?
5. Hot on the heels of hurricane Harvey, which caused devastation in Texas, came another Category 3 hurricane in the eastern Atlantic. What was it called?
6. Which magazine controversially ran a front cover showing people carrying flags with swastikas drowning in Texas?
7. The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry paid tribute to their mother on the 20th anniversary of her death at a memorial at Kensington Palace which was made especially for the occasion. What is the memorial called?
8. Why were Ryszard Masierak and David Wagstaff in the headlines?
9. Police will evacuate about 70,000 people from their homes on Sunday after an unexploded World War Two bomb was discovered in which city?
10. More than 230 people needed medical help for breathing difficulties, vomiting and stinging eyes after a toxic cloud hovered over which landmark?
11. Four public schools, including Eton college and Charterhouse, were caught up in allegations of exam cheating. Name the other two (half a point for each).
12. Play was suspended after a crossbow bolt was fired on to the field at which cricket ground?
13. Why did 21-year-old Shane Ridge receive an apology?
14. Which online betting company has been fined £7.8million for failing to safeguard their customers
15. Two fooballers switched Premier League sides for fees of £35m on transfer deadline day, Name them. Half a point for each
16. People at the Notting Hill carnival were asked to wear which colour for Grenfell, to remember the fire victims?
17. He wrote a column for the FT, founded a fashion chain, operated private clubs and restaurants and was knighted in 2008. Who is he?
18. What was the job of Mohiussunnath Chowdhury who appeared at Westminster mag­­istrates charged with preparing an act of terrorism after being arrested outside Buckingham Palace?
19. In which round did boxer Floyd Mayweather stop Connor McGregor to win his 50th professional fight?
20. A Tennessee theatre cancelled a long-running screening of which famous film over complaints that it is racially insensitive?
21. Who was arrested after a night out at The Bubble Room?
22. The deportation of Afghan asylum seeker Samim Bigzad failed after the pilot from which airline refused to take off at Heathrow with Bigzad on board?
23. Luton was named as the worst UK Airport in a Which survey based on passenger satisfaction. Which airport was the best?
24. What did Lord Jericho destroy?
25. France has a new 'first dog' - a two-year old black labrador-griffon cross adopted by Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron from an animal rescue centre. What is it called?

Answers here

Friday, 25 August 2017

The newsquiz: Can you beat Danny's score?

The MailOnline trainees finished their third week of the course today. Congratulations to Kate McGreavy who had her second story published. It was a look at who might join Wayne Rooney in the 200-club after he scored for Everton on Monday night. You can read it here

Among the speakers this week were digital specialist Adam Tinworth, Metro.co.uk assistant editor Richard Hartley-Parkinson, travel editor Ted Thornhill, MailOnline news-editor Marianna Partasides and Editor Emeritus Peter Wright. We finshed as usual with the newsquiz. Last week’s top scorer online was Ellie Rewcastle with 20. This week’s top trainee was Danny Hussain with a healthy 18 points. Second was Dianne Apen-Sadler on 16. Give it a go and see if you can beat Danny's score.
I'm throo - Metro reports on Wayne Rooney quitting England
(Question 14)
1. On Wednesday the pound fell to its lowest rate against the Euro since which year?
2. Theresa May said that when Britain leaves the European Union it will be leaving the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. Which court did she say would be the 'ultimate arbiter' of British laws’?
3. The family of seven-year-old Julian Cadman, who was killed in the Barcelona terror attack, said: 'We are so _______ to have had him in our lives and will remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to our hearts.' What is the missing word?
4. British paramedic Hassan Zubier was stabbed four times as he tried to save women from a knife-wielding attacker who killed two people in which country?
5. President Donald Trump is likely to increase US troop numbers in Afghanistan. According to the Pentagon how many US troops are currently there?
6. Labour MP Stephen Pound was photographed dabbing his eyes while saying: 'It is a desperately sad moment and you don't know what you have got until it has gone.’  What was he referring to?
7. Who said in an interview that he was ‘disorientated, dizzy… and very confused. I remember just feeling completely numb’?
8. Which police force’s chief constable, Simon Byrne, has been suspended over claims of gross misconduct?
9. Advertisers including the National Trust and Confused.com are among those threatening to stop using which website, blaming 'offensive' language?
10. The manager of the England women’s football team is alleged to have told one of his black players to make sure her relatives did not bring what to a game at Wembley?
11. TV producer Amy May Shead was left brain-damaged and wheelchair-bound after eating a dish containing peanuts in which city?
12. Why was 52-year-old Toby Robyns in the headlines?
13. Cyclist Charlie Alliston was cleared of manslaughter but convicted of what obscure offence? (Full name please)
14. Wayne Rooney retired from England duty after 53 goals in how many games?
15. The founder of America’s annual Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy telethon, which raised more than $2.45 billion, died this week. He was also nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1977. Who is he?
16. Former cricketer Geoffrey Boycott came under fire after suggesting he would be more likely to be given a knighthood if he did what?
17. Where did Stickle Bricks, Meccano, The Merrythought Bear, Fuzzy Felt, Sindy, Action Man, Hornby Train sets, Spirograph, Heron Trojan Warriors and a Space Hopper all appear this week?
18. Former England rugby captain Matt Dawson underwent heart surgery after contracting Lyme disease from what?
19. Two former BBC executives who used government cash to set up a production company paid themselves £1.4million despite making a loss. Name the company.
20. Which London district was named one of the world’s top ten neighbourhoods by travel experts Lonely Planet?
21. Andrew Neil is giving up his BBC current affairs show. What is it called?
22. Who sent a message to Russell Brand suggesting she could do with a ‘jolly good rogering’?
23. Pewsey firefighters were thanked by a farmer who gave them sausages made from the piglets they rescued during a barn blaze. How many piglets were rescued?
24. What is the highest grade that can be achieved in the new GCSE system?
25. Ken Cheng won the funniest joke at the Edinburgh Festival 
Fringe  with 'I’m not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all ______.’ What is the missing word?



Answers here

Friday, 18 August 2017

Kate wins this week's newsquiz

The MailOnline trainees had another lively week in Derry Street. Well done to Connor Boyd who pitched a story on Conor McGregor predicting the round he would knock out Floyd Mayweather, which was published here




There were sessions by former trainees Rod Ardehali and Kelly McLaughlin, science editor Ellie Zolfagharifard, video editor Lisa Snell, Femail journalists Bianca London and Steph Linning, deputy SEO content manager Nick Suarez and assistant managing editor Jeannette Arnold. My colleague Mike Watson also gave them feedback on their work and they spent today with digital specialist Adam Tinworth.

As usual they finished the week with the newsquiz. This week's top scorer was Kate Buck with 17, narrowly ahead of Faima Bakar on 15.5. 
In last week's quiz none of the onliners could beat trainee Dianne Apen-Sadler's impressive score of 21. Janet Boyle was close with 20 though. The top team score was by my mates in the Three Legs last Friday night with 20, narrowly ahead of the Penman Partnership who scored 19. 
Here's this week's newsquiz. Give it a go and see if you can beat Kate's score. 


Spanish terror was the lead in all the papers. See Questions 1 and 2.
1. Five jihadis in fake suicide belts were gunned down by police in which Spanish beach resort?
2. Police named a teenage Moroccan-born man who they believe rented the vehicle which was driven at people in Barcelona's Las Ramblas. What is his name?
3. What was the name of the woman killed when a car rammed into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia?
4. The mother of the Charlottesville victim said at a memorial service: ‘They killed her to try and shut her up. Well, guess what? You just ______ her.’ What is the missing word?
5. In a press conference Donald Trump said that many on the political right who gathered in Charlottesville were peaceful protesters who were aiming to save what from the scrap heap?
6. The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt described Britain’s aims ‘to be in and out of the Customs Union and invisible borders’ as a what?
7. David Davis's former chief of staff claims two cabinet ministers are sympathetic to calls for a new centrist party. Name him.
8. Jacob Rees-Mogg has denied he has ambitions to lead the Tories. Which constituency does he represent?

9. Who entered the Guinness World Records in 2012 for having the longest career of any male television entertainer, which began with an appearance in 1939 on BBC’s Come and Be Televised?
10. Which project was London Mayor Sadiq Khan accused of scuppering this week?
11. More than 600 people are feared to have died in a mudslide that swept through Sierra Leone's capital. Name the city.
12. The Office for National Statistics said the Retail Price Index measure of inflation, which is used to calculate train ticket prices, rose by what percentage in July.
13. Stunt driver Joi ‘SJ' Harris died on the set of Deadpool 2, after a scene involving a motorcycle went wrong, in which city?
14. Professor Judith Hawley, of London University, an expert on 18th Century literature, revealed she censored which novel because she was worried about causing offence to her students?
15. Why was Bernard Kenny, who died this week, awarded the George Medal?
16. Tory MP Nicholas Soames said: ‘Tell those poor little darlings to put headphones on.’ Who was he referring to?
17. Why was the filming of Mission Impossible 6 halted?
18. Daniel Craig confirmed he will play 007 for the last time in the upcoming film. What is its name?
19. What percentage of A-level results were grade A or higher?
20. Who scored the first goal of the new Premier League season? 

21. Why was Eric Bellquist is the news?
22. A falling tree killed 13 people and injured dozens more at a religious ceremony on which island?
23. The Old Bailey heard that cyclist Charlie Alliston was doing what speed when he mowed down a mother-of-two in London?
24. Which hacking group took control of the main HBO Twitter account as well as those for TV shows including Game of Thrones and Girls, posting a statement on security?
25. Which chain of shops clarified the pronunciation of its name?


Answers here

Friday, 11 August 2017

Trainee Dianne wins this week's newsquiz

Last week's top solo scorer in the newsquiz was Simon O'Neill with 18 points, narrowly ahead of Elly Rewcastle on 17 and Toby Brown on 16. The top team was the Penmans ('with us in France & @daisypenman in Scotland via FaceTime and a dodgy wifi connection') with a handsome 20.
I was with the new intake of MailOnline trainees on Monday before I flew off to New York. They had introductory sessions with editor Danny Groom and assistant news editor Amanda Williams. On Tuesday they enjoyed an informative day with the Mail's legal team ... Martin Wood, Lindsay Warwick, Julian Darrall and Sophie Teschmacher. Mike Watson spent Wednesday with the trainees explaining, among other things, MailOnline style. Journalist Mark Duell gave an insight into the day-to-day workings of the newsroom. They spent the next last two days with digital guru Adam Tinworth. As always they finished with the newsquiz. This week's top scorer was Dianne Apen-Sadler with a strong 21. Bridie Pearson-Jones was second with 18. They are impressive scores ... can you do better?


The New European's take on Trump v Kim
(Questions 1 and 2)
1. Donald Trump warned North Korea that if it made any more threats to the United States, they would be 'met with ____ ____ and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.’ What are the missing two words? Half a point each.
2. Who said: 'The great leaders I've seen don't threaten unless they're ready to act and I'm not sure President Trump is ready to act.'?
3. What is the name of the long-running Northumbria Police Operation that led to the conviction of 18 sex offenders in Newcastle?
4. During the court case of 18 sex offenders in Newcastle it emerged that a convicted child rapist had been paid £10,300 by police to be an informant. By which two letters was he referred to in court?
5. Who accused Denver DJ David Mueller of groping her saying it was 'a very long grab’?
6. Which bank reported its first half-year profit for three years and announced it is considering using Amsterdam as its post-Brexit EU hub?
7. A heatwave across southern Europe, which saw temperatures rise as high as 44c in southern Spain, was given which nickname?
8. Isaac Makwala qualified for the 200m final in the World Championships after running on his own following his norovirus saga. Which country does he represent?
9. What is the name of the insecticide which has been found in Dutch eggs exported to the UK?
10. The celebrities taking part in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing are being announced daily by the BBC. Who was the first to be named?

11. Which island that has been in the headlines was discovered by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521?
12. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair told Radio 4 he 'toyed' with what while at Oxford University?
13. On which London Bridge was a jogger caught on CCTV apparently shoving a woman into the path of a bus?

14. On which Spanish beach did a boat carrying dozens of African migrants land?
15. The owner of which football club has agreed to withdraw film of elephants and lions being killed for sport from his online TV channel in Britain?
16. Madam Tussauds announced this week that it has commissioned a waxwork figure of which politician? 

17. He was born in Billstown, Arkansas, had a role in the 1969 Western True Grit, sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits. Who is he?
18. According to her former bodyguard, Ken Wharfe, what four words did Princess Diana say after reading a transcript of the 'Camillagate' tape?

19. Six soldiers were injured - three seriously - when a BMW was driven at them in suburb in which city?
20. Why was James Damore sacked?
21. Which supermarket is to stop selling 5p single-use carrier bags?
22. British mother Eloise Dixon was shot in front of her husband and children after taking a wrong turn in which country?
23. Why was Chloe Ayling in the headlines?
24. How old was Peter Wrighton, who was stabbed to death in woods in Norfolk?

25. Why did Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood say he declined chemotherapy when he was diagnosed with lung cancer?

Answers here


Friday, 4 August 2017

The newsquiz: 25 questions about the week

Last week's newsquiz was clearly a tough one with the scores well below average. The top solo scorers were Dominic Hurst and Liz Gerard with 12, narrowly ahead of Gavin Devine and Toby Brown both on 11.5. The top team was Elly Rewcastle with help from Michelle who scored 16. Team Penman scored 13.5 and the Batstone Collective got 13. Here's this week's quiz which, I think, might be a little easier. As usual there are 25 questions about the week. Let me know how you get on.  


The Daily Telegraph reports on football's record signing at £198 (Questions  10 and 11)
1. Liam Fox said there was no cabinet-wide agreement for the suggestion by chancellor Philip Hammond that free movement could continue for up to three years after Brexit. What is Fox’s cabinet position?
2. The pound fell to its lowest point this year against the euro in reaction to the Bank of England leaving interest rates unchanged. What is the interest rate?
3. He has undertaken 22,219 solo engagements, given 5,496 speeches and 785 organisations have him as patron, president or member. Who is he?
4. The three-month battle which started on July 31 and ended on November 6 1917 in northern Belgium was officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres. How is it more commonly known?
5. Anthony Scaramucci (the Mooch) was fired by President Trump, giving him the record of the shortest tenure as communications director. How many days did he have in the White House?
6. Why was Peter Settelen in the headlines? 
7. What is the name of the 79-storey skyscraper in Dubai that went up in flames for the second time in two years?
8. Commenting on the chaos at European airports what did Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary describe as ‘somewhat pointless’?
9. Brazilian footballer Neymar completed his world-record £198million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona. What number shirt will he wear at his new club?
10. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger described the transfer of Neymar as beyond _____ and beyond _____.’ What are the two missing words. Half a point each.
11. Which organisation sacked its executive chairman Bob Mackenzie for a 'personal conduct-related matter’?
12. Why was former Royal Marine Ciaran Maxwell jailed for 18 years?
13. Moeen Ali became only the fourth man in history - and the first for 60 years - to do what?
14. He was a TV favourite as James Shelley and later played Jack Dalton in Eastenders. Who is he?
15. A Norwegian anti-immigrant group was ridiculed on social media after members apparently mistook a photograph of what for women wearing burqas?
16. Two people were killed when a light plane did an emergency landing on a beach in which country?
17. Jihadis Naweed Ali, Khobaib Hussain and Mohibur Rahman were each sentenced to 20 years in prison for planning a 'mass casualty attack’. What literary name did they use to describe themselves in group messages?
18. Why were seven trainee priests asked to leave the City Arms pub in Cardiff?
19. England women’s footballers suffered semi-final heartbreak in Euro 2017 after they were beaten 3-0 by which country?
20. Highways Agency officials are studying a Dutch scheme to turn polluted sections of motorways into what?
21. Robert Hardy, who died aged 91, claimed he held the world record for playing which person in 12 different television, film and stage productions?
22. More than 60 army cadets had to be rescued from which mountains?
23. Facebook shut down a pair of its artificial intelligence robots after they invented what?
24. What will Jessica Ennis-Hill be presented with at special ceremony at the World Championships on Sunday evening?
25. Sinitta, John Leslie and The Human Ken Doll all pulled out of what?

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Friday, 28 July 2017

Germania wins the newsquiz Champagne

Trainees Danielle Zoellner, Marlene Lenthang, Kayla Brantley, Germania Rodriguez (with the Champagne), Mollie Cahillane, Megan Sheets, Chloe Castleberry and Maggie O'Neill

I said farewell to the DailyMail.com trainees in New York today. They spent much of the week preparing for their placements in Dublin and Glasgow and had talks from Sheila Flynn, Anna Hopkins and Mary Kekatos. They pitched some good stories too, some of which should be published soon. They have had five stories published so far. Maggie O'Neill won the best showbiz headline of the week. Good luck to them all on the next stage. They will have seven days learning the system with Nick Enoch before spending some time in the newsroom. Then they head over the Atlantic for work experience. They are a bright and enthusiastic bunch and I look forward to following their inevitable success.
As always, we finished with the newsquiz. Runaway leader Germania Rodriguez was this week's top scorer again with 16 points, just beating Mollie Cahillane on 15 and Danielle Zoellner on 14. Germania was overall winner over the four weeks, an impressive seven points ahead of second placed Mollie, and collected her prize, a bottle of Champagne. Here's this week's quiz. See if you can beat Germania's score.

The health bill dominated this week's news (questions 4, 5 and 6)
1. President Donald Trump tweeted that the military cannot 'be burdened with the tremendous ____ ____ and disruption that transgender in the miltary would entail’. What are the two missing words?
2. Who reacted to Donald Trump’s statement on transgender people in the miltary by saying: 'We should all be guided by the principle that any American who wants to serve our country and is able to meet the standards should have the opportunity to do so - and should be treated as the patriots they are’?
3. Which transgender, who supported Trump during the election, tweeted: 'There are 15,000 patriotic transgender Americans in the US military fighting for all of us. What happened to your promise to fight for them?’
4. Donald Trump took to Twitter to blame the senators who voted down the Obamacare repeal bill. Trump wrote: ‘____ Republicans and ____ Democrats let the American people down. What are the missing numbers? Half a point for each number.
5. The Senate moved to debate an Obamacare repeal bill on Tuesday by a vote of 50 to 50. Who used a casting vote to breaking the tie?
6. Two Republicans, Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, broke ranks and voted against debating a bill to repeal Obamacare. Which states do they represent. Half a point for each?
7. Anthony Scaramucci branded White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus a 'f***ing paranoid schizophrenic’ when talking to a reporter from which publication?
8. Who released a 3,600-word statement before meeting Senate Intelligence committee investigators?
9. President Donald Trump gave a controversial speech at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in which state?
10. Ten people died inside a sweltering trailer that lacked ventilation which was found in which store’s car park in San Antonio?
11. Name the driver of the truck who was arrested after ten people were found dead in the back of his trailer.
12. He starred in Big with Tom Hanks, Gladiator, The Pelican Brief and Home Alone. Who is he?
13. Angelika Graswald admitted contributing to the death of her fiance by doing what?
14. Who was Donald Trump referring to when he replied at a press conference 'We will see what happens. Time will tell. Time will tell.’
15. Why was Kenneth Manzanares in the headlines?
16. Which food chain said an employee who came into work sick contributed to the $1 billion in value it lost over five days?
17. How long was Olympian Michael Phelps’s race against a simulated shark?
18. Frank Sinatra’s fourth wife Barabra died this week. How old was she?
19. What was the name of the ride at the Ohio State Fair on which one person was killed and seven injured?
20. Who said this week: 'I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero - their Daddy. We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy’?
21. Hillary Clinton's promised tell-all memoir of the 2016 election will be out in September. What will its title be?
22. President Donald Trump awarded five police officers the Medal of Valor today for their bravery during what event? 
23. Who surpassed Bill Gates as the wealthiest man in the world when shares of his company jumped 1.8 per cent to give him a personal fortune of $91 billion?
24. A couple who jumped off a 17-storey Manhattan building because they had medical issues and couldn’t afford health care. Left a suicide note titled what?
25. Angelina Jolie addressed her split with Brad Pitt in an in-depth interview for the September issue of which magazine?

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Have a crack at the newsquiz

The top solo scorer in last week's newsquiz was Dominic Hurst with a very respectable 18. Other notable scores were Elly Rewcastle with 15, and Producer Cleah and Gavin Devine on 14. The top team score was 15 by both the Penman Partnership and the Batstone Collective.
Here is this week's quiz ... as usual there are 25 questions about the week. Give it a go and let me know how you get on

Charlie Gard - Question 5
1. Who urged Theresa May to 'actually lead’ and said it was time to get out of the 'defensive crouch' adopted since the General Election?
2. No. 10 announced that Theresa May and her husband Philip were embarking on a three-week holiday. Which three countries will they be visiting? Half a point for two countries, one point for all three.
3. The Government announced that Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from which year?
4. US President Donald Trump tweeted that who would be banned from serving 'in any capacity' in the military?
5. What is the full name of the rare syndrome that Charlie Gard is suffering from?
6. Confidential letters from the Prince of Wales to Tony Blair are to be made public, the information commissioner has decided. What is their subject? 
7. A thousand police officers in London are to be issued with what?
8. A group of experts, writing in the British Medical Journal, said a rule 'long embedded in the minds of doctors and the public' is wrong and should be overturned. What is the rule?
9. A London skyscraper that has been sold for £1.3 billion - a record for a single UK building - is known by which nickname? 
10. Jordan Spieth became the youngest American to win the British Open. How old is he?
11. A study by an international team of researchers involving almost 43,000 men said that what has more than halved in the last 40 years? 
12. Jeffrey Blue, a former investment banker, lost his High Court claim for £15 million against which businessman?
13. What was the full title of the documentary about Princess Diana’s life that was screened by ITV on Monday?
14. Rugby union referee Nigel Owens this week revealed his struggle with which disorder?
15. Which actor said he was ‘mortified' after receiving criticism for comments in which he appeared to support men being paid more than women?
16. Why was 28-year-old Eleanor Wilson in the headlines?
17. A fox broke into Chessington World of Adventures and killed eight what?
18. UKIP has conceded control of the final council where it had a majority. Which council? 

19. Fergus Beeley, who was filmed grabbing a man by the throat, shoving him against his car and screaming that he wanted the family dead, is a producer for which television programme?
20. A man has been arrested for allegedly trying to snatch a five-year-old girl from her mother outside which Manchester shop?
21. Simon Cowell spent £175,000 on what?
22. Who tweeted from the South of France: 'Luckily we were able to evacuate last night, not easy with 11 people in the house! We are all okay’?
23. Camilla Thurlow and Jamie Jewitt came second in what?
24. What was seven-year-old Dylan Turner, from Blackburn, given at school after he lost a tooth when another pupil allegedly punched him?
25. Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin, which costs less than £10, won a gold medal at the International Wine and Spirits Competition. Which supermarket owns the brand?


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Thursday, 27 July 2017

MEN's arena coverage: A journalism masterclass


Two months ago, a bomb went off at Manchester Arena killing 22 and injuring 250 innocent concert-goers. The Manchester Evening News found itself at the heart of the biggest story a regional newspaper had covered since social media and digital publishing became standard tools. How it reacted and its subsequent coverage turned out to be a masterclass for editors and journalists should, God forbid, they are ever faced with a story of such magnitude. In the aftermath I spoke to editor Rob Irvine about the paper's coverage and the lessons learned. You can read the full article in InPublishing magazine here.  

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Germania and Megan win US newsquiz

The DailyMail.com trainees are three weeks into their training in New York and have had another couple of stories published. 


Megan Sheets brought in a story about a mini pig with 200,000 Instagram followers that helped raised $4,000 for a food bank by participating in a rubber duck derby. You can read it (and see the amazing pictures) here.


Marlene Lenthang also wrote a really nice story, with cracking photographs, about a couple with Down’s Syndrome children who were inspired to set up an amazing cafe. Read it here. Good work by Megan and Marlene. 

This week’s speakers included health editor Mia de Graaf, operations manager Andy Abrahams, Femail editor Charlie Lankston, social media’s Chynna Mela, video editor Lindsay Meeks and senior reporter Chris Spargo

Best headline awards went to Megan Sheets, Danielle Zoellner and Mollie Cahillane.

We finished as always with the newsquiz. Megan and Germania Rodriguez were the top scorers with 11, narrowly beating Danielle on ten. Below is the quiz. Let me know if you beat their score.

Sean Spicer resigns - see question 4

1. What do Shelley Moore Capito, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski have in common?
2. According to Donald Trump how long was his second meeting with Vladimir Putin during dinner for world leaders at the G20 summit in Germany?
3. Who said that Donald Trump is finding it much easier to stamp your name on buildings, on steaks and on online university courses than it is to actually run Washington, D.C. and get significant legislation passed’?
4. Sean Spicer resigned as White House Press Secretary after Donald Trump offered New York financier Anthony Scaramucci which position?
5. Who did President Donald Trump say 'gave some bad answers. He gave some answers that were simple questions and should have been simple answers, but they weren’t?’
6. Who said: 'I'll be back. I've been through worse.’
7. What is the name of the dog that rescued a deer that was drowning off a beach at Long Island?
8. Why was wealthy Manhattan investor Michael Loeb, 62, arrested at a charity barbecue at his Hamptons mansion?
9. What was the name of the bride-to-be who was shot dead by a police officer in Minneapolis?
10. Betsy Hodges wrote a blog calling for more to be done to ensure officers' bodycams are always turned on. What is Betsy Hodges’ position?
11. Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who was found hanged, was how old?
12. Guitarist Brian 'Head' Welch has been criticised for calling Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington a 'coward’ on Facebook, saying 'giving up on your kids, fans, and life is the cowardly way out.’ Which band is Welch in?
13. OJ Simpson appeared before the Nevada parole board this week. Where is he serving time?
14. OJ Simpson was granted parole after serving nine years of his sentence for armed robbery. How long was the original sentence?
15. Disney star and social media 'influencer' Jake Paul, 20, has been accused of terrorizing his West Hollywood neighbors. Which character does he portray on the Disney Channel's Bizaardvark?
16. Where was Linda Wenzel found?
17. Why was 21-year-old Jocelyn Savage in the headlines?
18. How much did a bag, originally used by Neil Armstrong, containing traces of moon dust sell for at a Sotheby’s auction?
19. A helicopter that was forced to make an emergency off Long Island's Gilgo Beach was chartered by the son of the founder of which entertainment organisation?
20. Justin Bieber has been banned from performing where due to his 'bad behaviour' both on and off stage?
21. A son of Cecil the lion suffered the same fate as his father …  being shot by trophy hunters in Zimbabwe. Name him
22. Ed Sheeran appeared as a musician who strums a campfire song and shares blackberry wine in which TV programme?
23. What is the name of the controversial proposed show, by the creators of Game of Thrones, about an alternate reality, where slavery is still legal?
24. Authorities in Florida said a group of teenagers aged 14 to 16 broke no laws when they were filmed doing what?
25. Glenna Duram, 49, was convicted of first-degree murder in Michigan after killing her husband in a crime witnessed only by who?

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