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How News Shopper Young Reporter scheme can kickstart your media career
11:59am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
Budding journalists have an opportunity to get ahead thanks to NEWS SHOPPER’S YOUNG REPORTER SCHEME.
BUDDING journalists have an opportunity to get ahead in the media industry thanks to News Shopper's Young Reporters’ scheme.
Last year, our very own scheme for wannabe report- ers gave more than 500 secondary school pupils a springboard in to the trade, thanks to a CV boost and published portfolio.
Year-10-to-13 students can once again develop a nose for news and sniff out stories and photographs to upload to the News Shopper website, which is viewed by more than 200,000 visitors every month.
Young writers can hone their skills over eight months, with monthly deadlines for articles and top talent rewarded at an awards ceremony.
Promising reporters are encouraged to source local news snippets themselves and upload them directly to the online paper with minimal input from schools.
Past winner Kathryn Clark says it was an experience she will treasure. She said: “It gave me the chance to express my opinions and views while helping to develop my style of writing. I was sorry when the scheme ended as I had really enjoyed writing the articles, but I was very proud to be the overall winner.”
This year’s scheme will run from October to April with students divided into two age groups – years 10 and 11 and years 12 and 13.
Those who complete their eight articles will receive a letter of congratulations from a Newsquest editor, which can be used in UCAS application forms and on CVs.
Newsquest group managing editor Andy Parkes said: “The Young Reporters’ Scheme is a fantastic chance to get ahead in a fiercely competitive industry.
“It is so difficult for non-graduates to land work experience in newsrooms these days, but this scheme gives young people a unique taste of life as a reporter.
Past students have impressed future employees with a readymade published portfolio and enhanced CV.
Mr Parkes added: “It is important busy teachers realise the scheme is fully administered and run by the newspaper.
“It really doesn’t mean any extra work for anyone at the schools taking part.
“I would urge any potential writer to give it a go. It is an opportunity not to be missed!”
FIND OUT HOW TO GET INVOLVED
To find out more about the scheme, send an email to Diana Jarvis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 020 8722 6378.
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