Friday, 17 November 2017

The newquiz - 25 questions about the week

The top individual score in last week's newsquiz was Dave Bromage with 13.5, narrowly ahead of Toby Brown and Dominic Hurst who both scored 12.5. It was clearly a tough one which makes the team score of 18.5 by Sophie Jamieson's gang all the more impressive. I suspect this week's quiz is marginally easier - but it is always difficult to judge. Anyway, here it is ... as usual 25 questions about the week. Give it a go and let me know how you get on.

1. Brexit Secretary David Davis, in a speech in Berlin, warned that 'putting politics above ____ is never a smart choice'. What is the missing word?
2. Conservative MP Anna Soubry reported threats against her to the police after she was branded as what on The Daily Telegraph’s front page?
3. Lloyd Blankfein suggested a second EU referendum to confirm there is a consensus in the UK on the 'monumental and irreversible' Brexit decision. Blankfein is CEO of which company?
4. In a speech at the Lord Mayor’s banquet Theresa May said Russia is seeking to weaponise what?
5. What, for the first time in 65 years, did not take place at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday? 
6. The final death toll in the Grenfell Towers fire was confirmed as what number by Scotland Yard?
7. Donald Trump tweeted: 'Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me old, when I would NEVER call him ____ and ____?’ What are the two missing words? Half a point for each word.
8. Name the television producer, the creator of the ITV series Victoria, who said she was groped by a Government official during a visit to 10 Downing Street.
9. The political ambitions of Robert Mugabe’s wife are believed to have prompted the military takeover in Zimbabwe. What is her name?
10. A 500-year-old painting of Christ, known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World), was sold in New York for a record $450m (£341m). Who is believed to be the artist?
11. Boris Johnson’s father Stanley is the oldest contestant in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. How old is he?
12. Children's author Chris Riddell suggested that who had plagiarised his book Mr Underbed?
13. Who returned his Freedom of the City award in protest over Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi?
14. Hassan Shabbir said he was 'deeply ashamed’ and 'disgusted with himself’ for doing what?
15. Italy failed to qualify for the football World Cup for the first time since which year?
16. What percentage of Australian voters said Yes to same sex marriage?
17. Actor Keith Barron, who died aged 83, was well known as David Pearce, the Casanova husband in which 1980s sitcom?
18. Joy Lofthouse, who died age 94, was the last surviving what?
19. Which organisation said, in advice issued to 5,000 schools, that youngsters should be able to choose the tutu, tiara and heels, as well as or instead of the helmet, tool belt and superhero cloak?
20. Where did the wedding of Charles Bronson and former Coronation Street extra Paula Williamson take place?
21. Why was 25-year-old Arthur Collins in the headlines?
22. A special forces dog who sniffed out Taliban booby traps in Kabul has been awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross. What is the dog called?
23. British explorer Benedict Allen went missing during an expedition to track down a tribe of headhunters in which country?
24. What, according to estate agents Strutt & Parker, could save millennials £2,576 a year and help them get on the housing ladder?
25. Greggs apologised for replacing Jesus with what in a promotional image for its advent calendar?

Answers here

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Telegraph Jamie wins the newsquiz Champagne

The Telegraph trainees with their certificates in the London newsroom today. Left to right: Jamie Johnson, Luke Mintz, Mark Wray (MD at Press Association Training), Izzy Lyons and Helen Chandler-Wilde
I spent an enjoyable three days at the Press Association's HQ in Howden with the Telegraph trainees this week. On the last week of their eight-week course in East Yorkshire, they put together an excellent 25-minute interactive presentation which they presented to the Telegraph's executives in London today. It was a great job - well done to them. 

Izzy, Jamie with his Champagne prize, Luke and Helen 

Afterwards we rounded off the course by doing the newsquiz over a couple of farewell drinks in the Brass Money in Victoria. Helen Chandler-Wilde, Izzy Lyons and Jamie Johnson all scored 12, with Luke Mintz on 11. The overall winner, by some margin, over the eight-week course was Jamie with an average score of 13.5.  
The trainees now embark on the second stage of their training at PA, The Telegraph and at placements on regional newspapers. They are a bright and likeable bunch who will undoubtedly go far. I wish them well.
The top online scorer in last week's newsquiz was Elly Rewcastle with an impressive 19. Here is this week's quiz ... 25 questions about the week's news. Give it a go and see if you can score higher than the trainees' 12. 
Another day, another crisis. Today's Daily Telegraph
1. Who replaced Priti Patel as International Development Secretary?
2. Cabinet minister Priti Patel resigned after it was revealed she held how many unofficial meetings, including one with PM Benjamin Netanyahu, during a 13-day holiday in Israel?
3. Boris Johnson told the Commons foreign affairs committee that detained British woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been doing what in Iran?
4. The Welsh First Minister faced calls to resign after the death of Carl Sergeant, who was found dead days after being suspended from the party. What is the first minister called?
5. Tarnished actor Kevin Spacey is to be edited out of the Hollywood film All The Money In The World and replaced by Christopher Plummer. Which part was Spacey meant to be playing?
6. According to the Paradise Papers, Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton’s advisers recouped £3.3million in VAT by putting his private jet through which island?
7. Who is listed in the Paradise Papers as an investor in a Lithuanian shopping centre via a Malta-based company?
8. What was the name of the Texan town where 26 people were shot dead?
9. A memorial to 12 people killed by a bomb 30 years ago was unveiled this week in which town?
10. England rugby players are considering giving £1,000 each to which bankrupt team?
11. Why was Juli Briskman sacked?
12. Veteran broadcaster Michael Parkinson said that he never imagined he would 'recoil in horror' from what?
13. Celtic broke their own 100-year-old British record by stretching their unbeaten domestic run to how many matches?
14. Matthew Scully-Hicks, who murdered his 18-month-old daughter, two weeks after adopting her, was given a life sentence and told he must serve at least how many years before being considered for release?
15. Stalker Mark Revill described himself as a 'public executioner' in a series of tweets to whom?
16. An eight-foot bronze statue of which former BBC employee was unveiled outside of Broadcasting House?
17. British tourist Luke Tang wrote a letter of complaint to the mayor after he and his parents were charged €526 for lunch in a restaurant in which city?
18. Antonio Carluccio, who died this week, became famous for his cookery programme alongside fellow Italian Gennaro Contaldo. What was the programme called?
19. Three languages are excluded from Twitter’s decision to raise its character limit to 280. Name any two of them. Half a point for each.
20. Who said this week: ‘I am here and I am on a job. I am on a mission in my own head … I do have a point to prove. I do’? 
21. Property tycoon Fergus Wilson was ordered to drop his ‘abhorrent’ policy by Maidstone Crown Court. What was his unlawful policy?
22. Drivers from Aslef accepted a deal with Southern Rail, bringing its 18-month dispute to an end. The deal includes a pay rise of what percent over five years?
23. According to the Office for National Statistics which disease is now Britain’s biggest killer?
24. Boxer Tyson Fury is fighting a legal battle with UK Anti-Doping, claiming his positive result for steroids was because he ate what? 
25. Facebook is asking users in Australia to send what so that it can fight revenge porn?

Answers here

Friday, 3 November 2017

Jamie and Luke win the newsquiz

Last week's top online score in the newsquiz was Janet Boyle with an impressive 18. This week I have been with The Daily Telegraph trainees in Howden on their penultimate week. We finished with the newsquiz as usual. This week Jamie Johnson and Luke Mintz tied as top scorers with 15. Here's this week's quiz - 25 questions about the week - see if you can beat their score. 

1. New Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson held which previous position in the Tory Party?
2. Gavin Williamson has a pet called Cronus which he keeps on his desk. What is it?
3. Julia Hartley-Brewer, the journalist who was touched by Sir Michael Fallon, said: 'If this is over _______, him touching my knee 15 years ago and me not having any issue with it today, this is the most insane, absurd and ridiculous resignation of a cabinet minister ever’. What is the missing word?
4. What is the name of the former shadow minister who was suspended from the Labour Party after allegations that he sent inappropriate text messages and touched a young woman after a political event?
5. Labour activist Bex Bailey claimed she was raped at a Labour party event in which year?
6. MRC and Netflix suspended production of which TV series 'to give us time to review the current situation and to address any concerns of our cast and crew’?
7. Dustin Hoffman apologised to Anna Graham Hunter who accused him of sexual harassment when she was 17 on the set of which TV film?
8. New York terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov arrived in America in 2010 through a diversity visa programme from which country?
9. Five of the people who were killed in the New York terror attack were from which country?
10. Spain's chief prosecutor said the eight Catalan politicians, who were remanded in custody, were accused of rebellion, misuse of funds and which other offence?
11. The Bank of England raised interest rates from the 0.25 per cent to 0.5 per cent - the first increase since which year?
12. Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith blamed her tweet, that named the show's winner before it had been broadcast, on the time difference as she was in which country?.
13. Which phrase was named the word of the year by dictionary publisher Collins?
14. Why was 68-year-old David Cuthbertson in the headlines?
15. Lewis Hamilton collected his fourth Formula 1 world title in Mexico driving for which team?
16. Anh Nhu Nguyen appeared at Southwark Crown Court accused of fraud. What did he do?
17. Senator Angus King told a Washington hearing: 'We know the Russians were involved in the French election. We know that they were involved in the German elections. We are now learning they were involved in the separation of Spain. And my understanding is they've set up shop in ______.’ Which country?
18. After watching Tottenham Hotspur beat Real Madrid in the Champions League, England manager Gareth Southgate included how many Spurs players in his squad?
19. Sydney Hardy sacked his entire staff at Yeovil saying: 'I have had enough and realise I cannot work with you, the people I employ, a moment longer.’  What is the name of the company?
20. Broadcaster and actress Ksenia Sobchak announced her intention to do what next year?
21. England Under-17s footballers came from 2-0 down to beat which team 5-2 and win the World Cup in India?
22. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said it will cut what to between £2 and £50?
23. Prince William told five-year-old Suzie McCash, at the Pride of Britain Awards, that he would talk to Prince George because of what she had done? What did Suzie do?
24. What is the name of the song recorded by Katie Melua as the official single of this year's Children in Need?
25. A gigantic effigy of which ‘villain' will be burned alongside Guy Fawkes at the Edenbridge Bonfire in Kent this weekend?

Answers here

Friday, 27 October 2017

Here's the newsquiz - 25 questions on the week

There were some good scores in last week's newsquiz - notably 19 by both Jake Hurfurt and Ellie Rewcastle. The top teams were the Penmans on 18 and Adam Batstone and Lucy Thorpe with 17. The Daily Telegraph trainees were on project work today so weren't around to do the quiz. They will be back next week when they will be training with me. Here's this week's 25 questions about the week ... give it a go and let me know how you get on.    

1. Martin Selmayr took to Twitter to deny what?
2. Labour MP Jared O'Mara apologised and resigned from which committee after making misogynistic and homophobic internet postings 15 years ago?
3. Rory Stewart, an international development minister, said the only way of dealing with most British Islamic State fighters was what?
4. Downing Street said forecasts indicated Britain’s population will pass what figure before the end of the next decade?
5. Michael Bloomberg, in London to open a new European headquarters for his media company, said of Brexit: 'I thought it was the single stupidest thing any country has ever done but then we _____ _____.' What are the two missing words?
6. The Spanish Prime Minister has called on senators to approve direct rule over Catalonia amid an escalating crisis over the region's push for independence. Name the Spanish Prime Minister.
7. What title was offered - and then withdrawn - to Robert Mugabe by the World Health Organisation?
8. One Premier League team sacked its manager, another appointed a new one. Name both men. Half a point for each
9. The success of Premier Inns was a major factor in which group recording a rise in its six month pre-tax profits by a fifth to £316million?
10. David Clarke was charged with false imprisonment and possession of a sawn-off shotgun and a samurai sword in connection with a siege where?
11. She played Queen Victoria once, Queen Elizabeth II three times, Laurie Lee’s mother in Cider With Rosie and David Essex’s in That’ll Be the Day. Who is she?
12. Lewis Hamilton is poised to win his fourth world championship on Sunday at which country’s Grand Prix?
13. Magazines including Vogue, Glamour, Wired, Vanity Fair and GQ decided to stop commissioning whose work?
14. What did Highways England say it wanted to introduce to 'as many roadworks as possible’?
15. Who was named the UK’s most influential black person in the 2018 Powerlist of 100 people. 
16. Jacinda Ardern was elected as the 40th prime minister of which country?
17. Fats Domino, who died aged 89, had only one top ten hit in the UK. Name it.
18. Which high street chain announced it is to close 190 branches as a result of government cuts?
19. Why was 38-year-old adventurer Tom Morgan from Bristol in the headlines?
20. Christopher Lythgoe, alleged leader of banned neo-Nazi terrorist group National Action, was charged with calling on followers to murder which MP?
21. A memo released by the US National Archives said that which British newspaper received an anonymous call about 'some big news' in the US, 25 minutes before President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963?
22. Who described Mandip, Tosin and Bradley as ’the dream team’?
23. Little-known distance runner Eyob Faniel won which city's marathon after the favourites took a wrong turn down a cycling path and had to dodge oncoming traffic?
24. France is experiencing the worst shortage of which product since the second world war?
25. Karon Grieve was the only passenger on a Jet2 flight from Glasgow to where?

Answers here

Friday, 20 October 2017

This week's newsquiz - 15.5 to beat

The top online score in last week’s newsquiz was 16 by Miles Dilworth. This week’s newsquiz is below. It was done by The Daily Telegraph trainees this afternoon in Howden during their session with Tim Fenton. The winner was Jamie Johnson with 15.5. Izzy Lyons scored 14. Here is the quiz - 25 questions about the week. Give it a go and see if you can beat Jamie's score.

Red October on the front of Metro. See Question 25

1. President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani said Britain was 'not realistic’ in its approach to the Brexit financial settlement and used what word to describe the figure of €20billion?
2. Who tweeted 'I regret I used a poor choice of words’ and added the hashtag ‘#noenemieshere’?
3. A motion demanding a pause to the introduction of Universal Credit was passed in Parliament by how many votes?
4. Inflation rose to its highest level in five-and-a-half years. What per cent is it?
5. How does Conservative MP Tim Loughton kick off his day, saying it is like 'going to the gym for the mind’?
6. Which Hollyoaks actress claimed Harvey Weinstein raped her at her London home in 1988?
7. Actor Robert Lindsay claimed he was blacklisted for which film after a run-in with Harvey Weinstein?
8. Former Pussycat Doll singer Kaya Jones said this week: 'My truth. I wasn't in a girl group. I was in a ____ ____.’ What are the two missing words?
9. The parent company of Madame Tussauds and Alton Towers blamed tough trading caused by terror attacks in the UK and poor weather for its cut in profit expectations. What is the name of the company?
10. Which country’s government threatened to invoke article 155 of its constitution for the first time in its history?
11. What is the name of the English footballer who appeared before a parliamentary select committee and accused the FA of actions 'bordering on blackmail'?
12. Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb in which country?
13. Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz is set to become the world's youngest head of state and the first millennial to lead a European country. How old is he?
14. Why did Hillary Clinton say she was delayed for the filming of the BBC's Graham Norton Show?
15. American novelist George Saunders won the Man Booker prize for which book?
16. Devoted Christian Lidia Dragescu, 23, died with two suicide notes in her hand after falling 100 feet from her 'favourite place.’ Where was it?
17. New guidelines by the NHS are advising that from April 2019 GPs should ask patients who are over 16 for what information?
18. The family of murdered toddler Jamie Bulger said the BBC’s decision to do what was 'utter madness’?
19. Who said he pushed his body to 'extreme hedonistic limits’ and likened his drinking 'to the kid who opens all his presents too early on Christmas morning’?
20. Which UK football club announced it was up for sale ‘to give the club the best possible opportunity of securing the positioning and investment necessary to take it to the next level’?
21. Who was trolled on social media after being pictured wearing jeans and heeled boots on her first day at university?
22. Colonel Richard Kemp, the former commander of the British Forces in Afghanistan, said the sale of what in schools was ‘misguided’?
23. Who cancelled concerts in Asia after 'a bit of a bicycle accident’?
24.  Lady Somerleyton lost a gold, diamond and emerald art deco pendant in which supermarket?
25. According to the Met Office, the red sun seen by many people in the UK was caused by winds pulling up dust which was reflected and refracted in longer wavelengths. Where dd the Met Ofiice say the dust was from?

Answers here

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

MailOnline looking for trainee journalists

This year's MailOnline trainees before heading off on their placements
I said goodbye to the latest MailOnline trainees last month ... and now we are looking to recruit more. Next year the website will be running two courses, one in March and one in September. If you are interested in applying for the March course we need applications by November 17. 

The successful trainees will embark on a year-long programme that involves intense training, assessment and on-the-job experience at regional daily newspapers and agencies. We are looking for journalists with broad interests - who are interested in popular journalism - who want to work for the world’s biggest English-language newspaper website, with more than 229million unique browsers.

It is a great opportunity and many of those who have passed through the scheme now hold editing positions. Many are working in the Mail's offices in New York and Sydney. But trainees need to know what they are signing up for. They will need to be prepared to work for a round-the-clock operation. There are nightshifts and regular weekend work. They will be covering national and international news at a fast pace. Most of the work is office-based, preparing stories from agencies and other sources into MailOnline style, writing headlines, bullets and captions, adding extra information and ensuring everything is accurate. If you want a job roving the streets looking for stories, this isn't the one for you. 

The successful applicants will probably have a degree and will have shown a commitment to journalism by writing for their student newspaper/website and gained work experience in newsrooms.

The course starts in March with an intensive in-house training month during which the trainees are introduced to MailOnline style and culture. It is followed by three months placement – on a regional daily paper or at a news agency - after which the trainees will join the MailOnline newsroom. Trainees will be paid a competitive salary while they train and need to commit for at least a year. Nearly all are offered staff jobs at the end.

The job is advertised on Hold The Front Page here

To apply send a covering letter, your CV and the three best examples of your work to by November 17, 2017.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Jamie wins newsquiz - can you do better?

The top scorer in last week’s quiz was Toby Brown with 18, narrowly beating Mark Hughes on 17. This week The Daily Telegraph trainees have had a good week in Howden with sessions by Chris van Schaick on writing for different formats, Christine Garrington on podcasting, David Banks on advanced media law and Jess McAree on law, ethics and IPSO. They finished, as usual with the newsquiz. This week’s winner is Jamie Johnson with 13. Here’s the quiz - 25 questions about the week. Give it a go and see if you can beat Jamie's score.

1. The 41-year-old wife of producer Harvey Weinstein said she was leaving him following allegations of sexual harassment saying his actions were ‘unforgivable’. What is her name?
2. Labour MPs signed a letter to Theresa May calling for what to be taken away from Harvey Weinstein?
3. TV presenter Myleene Klass said she was offered a 'sex contract’ by Harvey Weinstein while interviewing him at what event in 2010?
4. The hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter was used in support of which actress, one of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged victims, who had her Twitter account suspended? 
5. The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said at the Brexit negotiations: 'We have reached a state of _____ which is very disturbing for thousands of project promoters in Europe and it’s disturbing also for taxpayers.’ What is the missing word?
6. Chancellor Philip Hammond said it was 'theoretically conceivable’ that what could be suspended on the day Britain leaves the EU?
7. Who said that Philip Hammond was 'very close to sabotage' in his approach to Brexit?
8. A security guard, claiming he was sacked for no reason from Tesco, spent a night protesting on the supermarket's roof in which town?
9. The Food Standards Agency said children, pregnant women and elderly people can now safely eat raw or lightly cooked eggs that are produced under what code of practice?
10. Students at Balliol college at Oxford University stopped which organisation from attending the freshers' fair because they wanted it to be a 'safe and secular space’?
11. Tesco confirmed it would extend which deadline by at least a week?
12. Britain's most wanted female terrorist nicknamed the White Widow, and who also used the name Umm Hussain al-Britan, has reportedly been killed in a drone strike. What was her British name?
13. North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said: 'With his bellicose and insane statement at the United Nations, Trump, you can say, has lit the ____ of a war against us.’ What is the missing word?
14. Which country become the smallest nation ever to qualify for the football World Cup?
15. Gordon Strachan was sacked as Scotland manager after a 2-2 draw against which team ended his hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup?
16. Model Lola Ogunyemi said what was taken out of context and was not racist? 
17. A village pub in Oldstead, North Yorkshire, has been named the best restaurant in the world in a TripAdvisor poll. What is it called?
18. The Met Office warned that a hurricane is crossing the Atlantic and threatens to bring gusts of up to 70mph when it hits Britain on Monday. What is the hurricane called?
19. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse heard that Rochdale MP Cyril Smith was knighted despite knowledge 'at the very highest level of politics' about allegations of his sexual abuse. What year was he knighted?
20. Sophie Stevenson, 24, claimed to have flown to Amsterdam to meet someone only to have been told she was the victim of cruel joke known as what? 
21. How did retired couple Jan and John Pascoe survive for six hours as a wildfire destroyed everything in a five-mile radius of their home above the city of Santa Rosa in California?
22. The chief executive of which company resigned, citing an 'unprecedented crisis’ despite projecting record quarterly profits?
23. Piers Morgan and Alan Sugar agreed a bet on live TV on who could lose the most weight by December with the loser donating £5,000 to which charity?
24. An inquest at Eastbourne Town Hall heard that a tourist who jumped into the air for a photograph fell 200ft from which cliffs?
25. Fashion designer Yuan Li sustained six puncture wounds when she was attacked by what in London?

Answers here

Friday, 6 October 2017

Izzy wins newsquiz with 13.5

The Daily Telegraph trainees spent the first half of the week at the Press Association offices in Howden, doing story-finding with Chris van Schaick, data with Paul Bradshaw and Ashley Kirk and longform digital with Giles Wilson. They ended the week at the PA offices in London, doing visual journalism with Martin Keene and Alex Rothwell, social media with Steve Jones and a briefing with Mark Wray. They finished as always with the newsquiz. The top scorer this week was Izzy Lyons with 13.5. Well done to her. Last week’s newsquiz was clearly a tough one and nobody online scored higher than the 15.5 that trainees Jamie Johnson and Huw Oliver delivered in classroom conditions. This week’s quiz, hopefully, isn’t quite as difficult. Give it a go and let me know how you get on.
Theresa May was centre stage of the week's news (Questions 1 to 5)
1. Which two letters fell off the display behind Theresa May while she was giving her party conference speech? Half a point for each.
2. What is the real name of the prankster, also known as Lee Nelson, who was arrested after giving Theresa May a P45 he claimed was from Boris Johnson?
3. In her speech Theresa May said ‘for 30 or 40 years we simply haven’t built enough homes. As a result, prices have risen so much that the average home now costs almost _____ times average earnings.’ What is the missing word?
4. Theresa May paid tribute to student Alexander Paul, who has died age 21, and said his talk at conference three years ago had helped the Tories to reduce what by two thirds?
5. Tory rebel Grant Shapps said: ‘A growing number of my colleagues realise the solution isn’t to bury our heads in the sand and hope things will get better. It never got better for ____ and ____ and I don’t think it’s going to work out here either.’ What are the two missing names? Half a point for each.
6. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said which Libyan city could be the new Dubai, adding that 'all they have to do is clear the dead bodies away’?
7. Stephen Paddock killed 58 people from a suite on what floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas?
8. What did US Marine veteran Taylor Winston return to its owner with an apology for the bloodstains?
9. The National Rifle Association in America called for 'additional regulations' on a device which Stephen Paddock used to turn his semi-automatic rifles into rapid-fire weapons. What is the device known as?
10. A report into claims that former Prime Minister Ted Heath sexually abused children was prepared by which county's police force?
11. The police report said had Ted Heath still been alive he would have been interviewed under caution over how many claims of sexual abuse or rape?
12. What is the name of the Catalan leader who has called for independence to be declared next week?
13. What was banned by the Scottish government after a consultation found overwhelming public opposition and little economic justification for it?
14. Which company announced a first half pre-tax profit of £562million and announced it would pay its first dividend for three years?
15. There were last-gasp goals for Scotland and England football teams to give them 1-0 wins in their World Cup qualifiers on Thursday. Name both scorers. Half a point each.
16. KPMG made 1,858 staff from which company redundant on Monday?
17. Heartbreaker and Traveling Wilbury Tom Petty died this week. How old was he?
18. Archaeologists in Turkey have unearthed a tomb that they believe belonged to whom?
19. Army sergeant Emile Cilliers appeared at Winchester Crown Court accused of trying to murder his wife by tampering with what?
20. Terminally ill Noel Conway, 67, lost his High Court challenge against the law on assisted dying. Which disease is he suffering from?
21. The European commission ordered Amazon to repay €250million (£222million) in illegal state aid to which country?
22. Why was Aaron Barley in the headlines?
23. A fire crew was suspended from community work after a firefighter was filmed at a fire station in Southend doing what?
24. What did British writer Kazuo Ishiguro describe as 'flabbergastingly flattering’?
25. Chizzy Akudolu said she was ‘really sad’ to be the first what?

Answers here

Friday, 29 September 2017

Huw wins the newsquiz Champagne

The trainees with Huw holding the Champagne
The Daily Mail trainee subs finished their training in Kensington this week. They had sessions with senior subs including Jenny Ryan, Michael Owens, Tom Belcher and Chris Dean. Sports trainee Nathan Salt spent most of his week on the sports desk where he had four stories published, including a piece on the European Fantasy Football team of the week. 

You can read it here. Meanwhile the reporting trainees, who are now on their placements, continue to deliver good stories including Jake Hurfurt’s spread in the Irish Mail on Sunday on Dublin’s housing crisis.

As always we finished the week with the newsquiz. The top scorer among the Mail’s trainees was Huw Oliver with 15.5, making him a comfortable winner over the four weeks. He collected a bottle of Champagne as his prize. Some of the trainees head off on placement now while Tessa Jones heads back to her job as a sub on Weekend magazine. I wish them well on the next stage.
In Howden the Daily Telegraph trainees were on the second week of their course. They had sessions with Paul Jones, David BanksErrol Murray, Andy Mackenzie and Silvia Costeloe. They too finished with the newsquiz and the top scorer, also with 15.5, was Jamie Johnson
Last week's online top solo scorer in the newsquiz was Jake Hurfurt with 17 while the top team were the drinkers in the Three Legs brewery. Here is this week's quiz. Give it a go, see if you can beat Huw and Jamie's 15.5 and let me know how you get on. 

The newsquiz

1. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told the party conference in Brighton that ‘we are now the political ______’. What is the missing word?
2. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said Labour would take control of almost £60billion worth of PFI contracts. What does PFI stand for?
3. Who asked Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell five times whether he would support illegal strikes - and got no answer?
4. Labour MP Emma Dent Coad admitted she might have been wrong but refused to apologise for her comments about whom?
5. The Conservative Party conference will be held in which city next week?
6. How many seats in the German parliament did Alternative für Deutschland win?
7. What is the name of Alternative für Deutschland’s co-leader who quit after leading her party into third place in the German elections?
8. The UK's Civil Aviation Authority gave Ryanair a deadline to correct its compensation policy for passengers after thousands of its flights were cancelled. What exactly (time and date) was the deadline?
9. Michelin star chef Mark Sergeant was involved in a row with food inspectors from Shepway council over the way his Rocksalt restaurant in Folkestone cooked what?
10. Oxford student Lavinia Woodward, who stabbed her lover with a breadknife, was given a prison sentence which was suspended for 18 months. How long was the prison sentence for?
11. Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes said she used to do what every day to try to overcome the anguish caused by injuries she thought would threaten her career?
12. Liz Dawn, who died age 77, played which Coronation Street character for more than 30 years?
13. Gareth Barry, playing for West Bromwich Albion against Arsenal, broke Ryan Giggs’s record for the most Premier League appearances and was presented with a shirt by Arsene Wenger that had the number on the back. What was the number?
14. Who famously said: 'I am a kid in a candy store. I dreamed impossible dreams …. I'm the luckiest cat on the planet’?
15. Actor Tony Booth who died this week had two famous daughters, Cherie Blair and Lauren Booth, but how many daughters did he have in total?
16. Why was two-year-old Emily Henson in the headlines?
17. Name the computer check-in system which crashed at airports around the world.
18. The largest supplier of chicken to UK supermarkets has been accused of tampering with food safety records and altering the slaughter date of poultry? What is the group called?
19. Prince Harry was joined by girlfriend Meghan Markel for their first official engagement together at the wheelchair tennis semi-finals at the Invictus games. Which two teams were playing? Half a point for each.
20. England cricketer Ben Stokes was arrested after a brawl outside which Bristol nightclub?
21. What did George Clooney, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Pharrell Williams and Bette Midler all publicly support?
22. Which ‘historic’ royal order, which was announced this week, will be implemented by June 24, 2018?
23. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was injured in a car crash in Amsterdam, hours after attending a concert by whom?
24. An Audrey Hepburn script fetched a record £632,000 at auction. Which film was it for?
25. JK Rowling tweeted: 'Incompetent clowns in power and the opposition turning into a solipsistic personality cult. I'm so ****ing depressed. Send ____ pictures.’ What is the missing word?

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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 Sébastien 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?

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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? 

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