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