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Apprentice reporter lands first front page – thanks to his own exam success

An apprentice reporter has landed his first front page – without writing a word of it.

Joshua Dyer started work for the weekly Hereford Times and its Newsquest stablemate the Ludlow Advertiser on 7 August after finishing his A-levels.

But last week the 18-year-old found himself pictured on the front page of the Advertiser with two of his fellow students as part of the paper’s exam results coverage.

His colleague Bridie Adams, who is herself only two weeks into the job, had been reporting on A-level successes at Hereford Sixth Form College, where Joshua had studied.

Joshua Dyer, pictured centre, on the Advertiser's front page

Joshua Dyer, pictured centre, on the Advertiser’s front page

She then wrote an additional story for the Tenbury Wells Advertiser – an edition of the Ludlow Advertiser that sells in north-west Worcestershire – featuring her new colleague, who achieved two A* and two B grades, because he is a former pupil of the local school, Tenbury High Ormiston Academy.

As well as his own achievement featuring on the front page, Joshua contributed to the reporting of A-level results throughout Herefordshire and Shropshire last week.

Editor John Wilson said: “It’s the first time I’ve heard of a young journalist reporting on A-levels results while waiting to hear about his own grades.

“As well as getting to grips with a new job, he had all the anxiety about his exam results.

“But I’m pleased to say he handled it all with aplomb and it came as no surprise to hear that one of his A* grades was for English.”