Trainee reporter scoops byline on first day of course

A trainee journalist got his first newspaper scoop by stopping at a road-side accident and phoning his newsdesk on the first day of his course.

Will Grace, 28, was given his first byline in The Argus, Brighton, after witnessing a car crash on the A23 near the city in which a pensioner was left seriously ill.

Spotting the fire engines and ambulances heading his way while waiting in his car during a traffic jam, he realised he was in the middle of an unfolding news story and phoned The Argus newsdesk.

He said: ‘In these circumstances it highlighted for me the responsibility the reporter has to provide accurate information.”

Grace is on a 12-week NCTJ course in newspaper journalism sub-editing run by The Journalist Works, an independent journalism training company based in The Argus’s offices.

Paula O’Shea, course leader of the NCTJ diploma in production journalism, said: “Will has started the course really well – he showed great initiative and drive to spring in to action on his very first day. He’s set the pace for all the others on the course now.”

Michael Beard, editor of The Argus said Grace showed all the qualities of an experienced journalist. ‘If he keeps this up it will be the first of many bylines,” he said.

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