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Publisher aims to help next generation of reporters

The next generation of journalists are being invited to take part in a regional publisher’s Young Reporter 2014 challenge.

Organised by Newsquest South London, the competition invites year 10 to 13 students to write a monthly article on the News Shopper website which is viewed by more than 200,000 visitors every month.

Young writers can hone their skills over eight months, with monthly deadlines for articles and top talent rewarded at an awards ceremony.

Promising reporters are encouraged to source local news snippets themselves and upload them directly to the online paper with minimal input from schools.

Those who complete their eight articles will receive a letter of congratulations from a Newsquest editor, which can be used in UCAS application forms and on CVs.

Young reporters have been asked to dig out stories from their area

Andrew Parkes, group managing editor of Newsquest South London, said: “The Young Reporters’ Scheme is a fantastic chance to get ahead in a fiercely competitive industry.

“It is so difficult for non-graduates to land work experience in newsrooms these days, but this scheme gives young people a unique taste of life as a reporter.”

Past students have impressed future employees with a readymade published portfolio and enhanced CV.

“It is important busy teachers realise the scheme is fully administered and run by the newspaper,” added Andy.

“It really doesn’t mean any extra work for anyone at the schools taking part.

“I would urge any potential writer to give it a go. It is an opportunity not to be missed”

Students entering this year’s scheme will be divided into two age groups – years 10 and 11 and years 12 and 13.

Kathryn Clark was the overall winner last year and says it was an experience she will treasure.

“It gave me the chance to express my opinions and views while helping to develop my style of writing,” she said.

“I was sorry when the scheme ended as I had really enjoyed writing the articles, but I was very proud to be the overall winner.”

For more information about the scheme email Diana Jarvis at djarvis@london.newsquest.co.uk or call her on 020 8722 6378.