A daily is to continue using its newsroom as a classroom for a second year running.
Eight aspiring journalists, pictured below, will be given a patch to cover across The News’ four localised editions and will contribute content to the Johnston Press-owned title’s community pages.
Last year’s scheme was presented with “best community initiative” in this year’s JP awards.
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.”