Journalism Intern test held across the country

28 Aug 2010

ABOUT 100 prospective Fairfax Media journalism tests sat tests at 10 venues across the country on Saturday.

The next step will be to mark the papers and advise editors of newspapers and websites of those who wish to join their staff, after undergoing journalism training, and how they fared in the tests.
From that, editors will determine who they wish to interview.

The process will take some weeks and the company’s editorial development manager, Clive Lind, said applicants would be advised what was happening as their applications were processed.

The selection process should be completed by the end of October but most people would be advised sooner than that.

There would be updates on the Fairfax Media website and he could be contacted at Successful interns will undergo year-long training for a Diploma or Graduate Diploma in Journalism at Massey University, Wellington, the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, Aoraki Polytechnic, Timaru, and the Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton.

Results of Saturday’s test are:

1. Who did Julia Gillard replace as Australian prime minister?
Kevin Rudd.
2. In what country was Comrade Duch recently sentenced for war crimes?
3. American politician Sarah Palin is a former governor of what state?
4. What do the initials of the international organisation IPCC stand for?
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
5. What magazine published an article that led to the dismissal of the American military commander in Afghanistan?
Rolling Stone.
6. What country refers to its ruler as “The Dear Leader”?
North Korea.
7. Hugo Chavez is president of what Latin American country?
8. What European country is legislating to ban Muslim women from wearing the veil known as the burqa?
9. What is the first name of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s daughter?
10. What is the name of the narrow strip of Palestinian‐occupied land in the southwestern corner of Israel?
The Gaza Strip.

1. Alberto Contador is a multiple winner of what major event?
The Tour de France.
2. What New Zealand racing driver has twice won the American IndyCar series?
Scott Dixon.
3. What team won the first Rugby World Cup in 1987?
New Zealand.
4. What female jockey was disqualified from racing last year after being found guilty of using methamphetamine?
Lisa Cropp.
5. Where will the Olympic Games be held in 2012?
6. What are the first names of the former Evers‐Swindell twins?
Caroline and Georgina.
7. What country won the 2010 Fifa World Cup?
8. Pero Cameron captains what New Zealand sports team?
The Tall Blacks.
9. What is the name of the Hamilton‐based netball team that made it to the 2010 grand final of the trans‐Tasman championship?
Waikato‐Bay of Plenty Magic.
10. What New Zealand golfer recently retired after a professional career lasting 52 years?
Sir Bob Charles.

1. Who is New Zealand’s Minister of Police?
Judith Collins.
2. What do the letters ETS stand for?
Emissions trading scheme.
3. Who are the two leaders of the Maori Party?
Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples.
4. What former prime minister is now New Zealand’s ambassador to the United States?
Mike Moore.
5. What politician got involved in a scuffle outside Parliament with a high‐level delegation from China?
Russel Norman.
6. What former Cabinet minister is contesting the Christchurch mayoralty?
Jim Anderton.
7. What do the letters CTU stand for?
Council of Trade Unions.
8. Who is TV One’s political editor?
Guyon Espiner.
9. What politician was embarrassed by revelations that he used his ministerial credit card to pay for pornographic movies?
Shane Jones.
10. Who is New Zealand’s first (and so far only) Chinese Cabinet minister?
Pansy Wong.

1. What New Zealand city hosts the Ellerslie Flower Show?
2. What high‐profile Timaru businessman is under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office?
Alan Hubbard.
3. What Maori word starting with the letter “k” means a donation or gift?
4. What is the largest town on New Zealand’s West Coast?
5. New Zealanders Ian Athfield, Gordon Moller and Sir Miles Warren are prominent in what field?
6. The Asian country of Myanmar is also known by what name?
7. What activity attracts tourists to Kaikoura?
8. A paediatric surgeon specialises in treating what sort of patients?
9. How did Ted Bundy, Harold Shipman and Jeffrey Dahmer become famous?
They were serial killers.
10. What location on the Hawke’s Bay coast is famous for its gannet colony?
Cape Kidnappers.

1. What Hollywood actor was recently accused of verbally abusing his former girlfriend?
Mel Gibson.
2. What internationally successful female pop singer comes from Masterton?
3. What New Zealand writer wrote the acclaimed novel Mister Pip?
Lloyd Jones.
4. What painter is known mainly for his Central Otago landscapes?
Grahame Sydney.
5. What New Zealand writer is commemorated by a prize that entitles the winner to spend six months working in Menton, France?
Katherine Mansfield.
6. What Wellington‐born pop singer is the daughter of a former All Black?
Brooke Fraser.
7. What Peter Jackson film was based on a novel about a teenage murder victim who watches over events from the afterlife?
The Lovely Bones.
8. What novel by D H Lawrence, first published in 1928, was banned in Britain until 1960 because of its sexual content?
Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
9. Who wrote the operas The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni?
10. What TV series finished its fifth series with the main character stabbing a police officer in the neck with a broken bottle?
Outrageous Fortune.

1. In his heydey, Colin Meades was a feared opponent on the rugby field, whether playing for the All Blacks or for his local Ti Kuiti club.
(Heyday, not heydey; Meads, not Meades; Te Kuiti, not Ti Kuiti.)
2. Prime Minister John Keys, speaking to reporters’ at a press conference, said he wanted to know who had leaked the document?
(No “s” on PM’s name; no apostrophe in reporters; full stop, not a question mark, at the end of the sentence.)
3. Alone and far from his family in the Phillipines, Roberto Aquino suffered what doctors described as a nervous brakedown.
(Philippines, not Phillipines; breakdown, not brakedown.)
4. Mrs Palin, smarting over allegations of dishonesty, vigorously refudiated claims that she had understated her spending during the 2006 gubernatorial campaign.
(No such word as refudiated.)
5. Serjeant Roger Hudson of Invercargill said police recovered large quantities of pure methamphetamine (“P”) and ecstacy.
(Sergeant, not Serjeant; ecstasy, not ecstacy.)
6. Coming over the brow of the hill, a spectacular view blinded them.
(Misrelated participle: suggests the spectacular view was coming over the brow of the hill.)
7. She had retained her licence to practise as a psychologist but due to her frequent absences, patients had drifted away and her practice was now insolvent.
8. A more recent phenomena, Dr Kowalski wrote, was the appearance of a bright red sky caused by Australian dust storms.
(Phenomenon, not phenomena.)
9. The Japanese government said the arrest of Mr Bethune would not deteriorate the relationship between the two countries, but diplomatic sources, speaking off the record, said there had been a distinct cooling.
(“Deteriorate” used incorrectly.)
10. The judge described the defendent as a calculating woman who’s offending had caused great distress in the community.
(Defendant, not defendent; whose, not who’s.)
11. A trawling company has been found guilty of illegal fishing in the Auckland District Court.
(Suggests the company was fishing in court.)
12. After three days of offloading cargo, pulling up floorboards and sniffing dogs, the vessel still kept its secret.
(Misrelated participle: suggests the vessel was pulling up floorboards and sniffing dogs.)
13. Ms Collins said the tension could of escalated into a riot, and she praised prison officers for quickly diffusing the crisis.
(Could have, not could of; defusing, not diffusing.)
14. The fire gutted the picture theatre and caused smoke damage to the stationery warehouse next door.
15. A tense three‐hour police siege last night ended with a fatal rifle shot that killed a man holed up in an Auckland suburban house.
(Tautology: the word “fatal” is superfluous.)

1. In dollar terms, what is the GST component (12.5 percent) in an item that costs a total of $45?
2. If a car travels 350 kilometres at an average speed of 70 kmh, how long will the journey take?
Five hours.
3. You earn $750 a week and get a pay rise of 5 percent, plus an extra allowance of $10. What is your new weekly wage?
4. If you spent $NZ2000 buying US currency at an exchange rate of 70 US cents to the NZ dollar, how much would you get?
5. Car A consumes 12 litres of petrol per 100 kilometres; car B travels 10 km for every litre consumed. Which is the cheaper car to run?
Car B.

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