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Regional editors appear at Latitude Festival

Two editors for regional publisher Archant have achieved the goal of many a wannabe rock ‘n’ roll star – by appearing on the bill at Latitude.

The popular Suffolk festival featured assistant editor David Powles and managing editor Tim Williams, both of whom work at the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News.

As part of the Be a Latitude Young Reporter workshops, run in conjunction with Norwich-based Culture Works East, David and Tim worked with the youngsters to illustrate the many ways of reporting from the festival, as well as giving them a chance to have their work used in the two titles

And while they didn’t whip out the guitars or percussion kits, they gave teenage festival-goers the chance to see what being a journalist is all about.


Latitude Festival in Suffolk, where two of Archant's regional editors made an appearance with a journalism workshop

David said he thoroughly enjoyed his spot on the festival’s schedule.

It was great fun working with the teenagers and getting them out on the festival site reporting on the sights and sounds,” he said.

“Hopefully we’ll be back next year – and on a personal note it was brilliant to be able to tell everyone I appeared on the bill at Latitude.

“The workshops went really well and we were able to use a page of the youngsters’ content in the Norfolk and Suffolk daily titles,” he added.

The teenagers’ work could even count towards a real qualification as part of the Arts Awards, a scheme aimed at giving young people the change to receive official recognition for any time they plough into arts-related activities.