The short course is a taster for those interested in working in media, writing monthly articles for Newsquest Media Group’s online newspapers. It lasts four months and allows young people to explore their local area and write about topics important to them.
Over the past two years, the course has been successful, with schools signing up and students actively writing their first articles for publication.
Participants are treated as real journalists, building a portfolio of published work for their CV’s and UCAS applications, even if they don’t plan on pursuing a career in journalism.
Schools interested in this opportunity can register on the Young Reporter website.
Polly Harrison, Director of Extending Learning at Ursuline High School, stated that students benefit greatly from the scheme, learning to create news stories, work to deadlines, and share ideas. Many have found it helpful in preparing for working with outside organizations.
Monica Charsley, a graduate of the full course, is now a news reporter and credits the scheme with providing vital training and support for her early career.