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Daily takes on journalism students to write stories pitched by readers

A regional daily has taken on four journalism students to write stories suggested by their readers.

The Nottingham Post and its Nottinghamshire Live sister website have announced a new partnership with Nottingham Trent University for the “people-powered news project”.

As part of the project, called ‘Ask Notts Live’, readers will be invited to submit story suggestions via an online survey.

A selection will then be followed up by NTU students Katie Green, Jack O’Connor, Isaac Seelochan and Ellie Danemann from July.

NTU journalism students Katie Green and Jack O'Connor

NTU journalism students Katie Green and Jack O’Connor

NTU senior lecturer in journalism Jonny Greatrex told Nottinghamshire Live: “We are really excited to be working on this project with Notts Live.

“The students have a fantastic opportunity to work with professional journalists to hone their skills while finding out what the readers really want to know about. It will be fascinating to see where people’s ideas lead us.”

Posting on Twitter, Post editor Natalie Fahy said: “So proud to unveil this project. We are working with [NTU] students to dig into stories our readers pitch.

“Four students will be working alongside our journalists this summer to dig into issues you want to hear about.”

The project has been funded with a research bursary from the Association for Journalism Education.