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Journalism course sees students join newsroom

A partnership between a regional publisher and a college to train wannabe journalists has seen students spend their first day working in a newsroom.

Archant Norfolk joined forces with City College Norwich earlier this year to set up a two-year foundation degree in journalism, which will lead to the two best students gaining jobs with the company.

Now students from the degree course have spent the first of four days working alongside reporters from the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News to get a taste of newsroom life.

As part of the days, they will take part in editorial meetings and get advice from working journalists, while any who come up with original stories may be able to have them published in one of the titles.

First year student Jamil Benmehidi said: “It’s so brilliant being in the newsroom, much better than in the classroom. You see the real fruits of the labour appearing in the newspaper.”

News stories written by the students will be used for college assessments and the best are published on the college’s journalism website.

Students on the course will be taught about all aspects of journalism including finding and writing stories, media law, public affairs, shorthand, writing for websites and filming and editing videos.

The two best students picked by Archant for jobs will also have their course fees repaid.