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Reporter gives pupils insight into journalism

A daily reporter has visited children at a local primary school to give them an insight into the world of journalism.

Exeter Express and Echo reporter Adam Walmesley visited St Leonard’s Primary School to tell Year Four pupils about the role of newspapers and online journalism in the 21st Century.

The pupils were introduced to the art of shorthand and were guided through the journey of a story – from finding out about an incident to the finished article being published in print and on the internet.

“I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the children and telling them about journalism. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to go back to school and help out with their project,” Adam told the paper.

The two classes considered how they would report the story in last week’s Echo about a snake that was found in the toilet of an Exeter family home. They also had the opportunity to ask questions about the industry.

“I was impressed by the range of their questions and their enthusiasm about the story – some of them should consider a career in the media. It was nice to have such an inquisitive group of children who were all very well behaved,” he added.