We’re bringing the classroom to the newsroom

Highbury College journalism students at The News. Pictured L-R  James Oxenham, Tom Jackson, Abigail Webster, Laura Thomson, Mat Killeen,  Kieran James, Lewis Mason ,Chloe Ellis, Kimmi Dewey
Highbury College journalism students at The News. Pictured L-R James Oxenham, Tom Jackson, Abigail Webster, Laura Thomson, Mat Killeen, Kieran James, Lewis Mason ,Chloe Ellis, Kimmi Dewey
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To the ‘wholesome training of severe newspaper work, when I was a very young man, I constantly refer my first successes.’

The words of the great Rudyard Kipling. It’s clear his introduction to journalism in India – working on a busy daily paper in the Punjab – had a huge impact on his life and led to the successful writer he later became.

Every year, thousands of reporters like the young Kipling make a bid to enter the profession.

But unlike Kipling, who went straight into a newsroom at the tender age of 16, most spend their time in lecture halls.

Now The News has joined forces with Highbury College to offer a unique way into the industry.

We have become the first newspaper in the land to have a classroom based in its newsroom, with the aim of training the next batch of journalists.

It’s a pioneering project.

Alongside their studies, these nine students from the Cosham college are learning the ropes on a fast-paced daily newspaper.

And what better way to learn than to get stuck into reporting on our communities.

Each of them has been given a patch to cover across our four editions – Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport and Havant.

From next week, we will be launching our new community pages, filled with news and comment from your neighbourhood.

Each student – alongside our News reporters – will play their part in helping to bring you the latest stories from across the area.

Mark Waldron, editor of The News, said: ‘This is a truly ground-breaking scheme.

‘To get a year’s experience on a busy regional daily newspaper is invaluable for these students.

‘It will give them a head start when the time comes to start looking for a job in the industry.

‘And, of course, The News will be getting even more stories from your communities.’

Here, the students give a brief description of who they are, and what they want to achieve from spending a year training at The News.

Click here for profiles of our new community reporters

Portsmouth

Chloe Ellis
Laura Thomson
Abigail Webster


Gosport

James Oxenham
Lewis Mason

Fareham

Kieran James
Kimberley Dewey

Havant

Tom Jackson
Mat Killeen