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Journalism students launch own news site to combat lack of work experience

Anna BryanJournalism students have launched their own news website in a bid to combat the lack of work experience opportunities caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Twelve students at the University of Strathclyde have set up Aff The Record – a site that aims to make news engaging, relatable and accessible to young people in Scotland.

The students, who are all classmates on the university’s MLitt digital journalism course, hope to present data journalism in a way that is “not confusing” for younger readers.

Anna Bryan, pictured, will serve as the site’s editor-in-chief.

She told the Irvine Times: “Life is rather chaotic and difficult at the moment, especially for young adults.

“We hope that by providing them with catered news and accessible data-journalism, we will make life less daunting for them and help them to make informed decisions about their future.”

Deputy features and social media editor Emma Malcolmson said: “We did some research and found a couple of statistics, and the basic consensus was that young people feel overwhelmed by the news and they don’t really understand it a lot of the time.

“What we’re trying to do is break that barrier and be that place in the market for young people.

“We want to have data journalism that’s not confusing, and we want it to be accessible more than anything.”

Emma added: “It’s entrepreneurial journalism, so it’s actually bit more work than general work experience.”

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