Students become Brighton Argus community reporters

The Brighton Argus has commissioned a series of student journalists to blog about the areas they live in as “community correspondents” for the newspaper’s website.

Every student currently studying at Brighton’s Journalist Works training organisation, which is based at the offices of the Argus, will contribute to one of the 25 local area sub-sites on the community pages of the theargus.co.uk.

Jo Wadsworth, editor of theargus.co.uk, said students would join residents in reporting on a hyper-local level for the community correspondent scheme, which has been in place for a year.

Guardian media commentator and journalism professor Roy Greenslade is already a correspondent for the Kemp Town area of Brighton where he lives.

Wadsworth said: “The website offers a real opportunity for young journalists to engage with the local community and to build up relationships with the readers…The project gives more ownership, and therefore opportunity, to the students than a traditional work experience placement would.

“The onus is on them to find stories, to publish them and then to find ways of promoting them and, ultimately build or foster an online community too – all essential skills for journalists of the future.”

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