The Evening Press at York has launched a unique reader competition – with a job as a reporter as the prize.
The paper is convinced there is untapped talent in its North and East Yorkshire patch and launched the competition to find an outstanding news reporter.
The winner gets a job as a reporter with the Evening Press and full training to nationally-recognised standards.
The paper is offering to take on and train the person it considers really has what it takes to become a top-class journalist.
But in the coming weeks that person will have to show he or she can make the grade.
The winner will have to have at least five GCSE passes including English language and mathematics, as well as two A-level passes either in the bag or confidently expected.
Hopefuls will submit a genuine, previously-unpublished 400-word news story then a number of finalists will be invited to attend meetings with adjudicators when they will undergo spelling, grammar and local knowledge tests followed by a range of journalistic tasks.
The contest winner will benefit from top-class training, and will start work as an editorial assistant before spending five months at a full-time training course approved by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.
Editor Liz Page said the competition was being launched as part of the Evening Press’s commitment to the local community.
She said: “I’m convinced there is someone out there with local knowledge and a passionate interest in local people and issues, who is just dying for their first break. We want to give that person the chance he or she rightly deserves.”
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