Website aims to kick-start young reporters and photographers

A website has been launched to showcase and market the work of young reporters and photographers around the globe.

Greatreporter.com, which is aimed at recent journalism graduates and new freelances, is the idea of 25-year-old freelance Richard Powell, a graduate of the journalism degree course at Southampton Instititute.

Powell said he launched the website to help young journalists who are finding it difficult to get their work placed or gain commissions without a portfolio of previously published work.

“Greatreporter.com has been created to help serious young reporters gain employment or making a living as a freelance by providing a respected platform for their work and providing advice from seasoned professionals,” he said.

“It’s entirely open to commissioning editors to buy articles from or request work from greatreporter.com- registered correspondents.”

He has already persuaded BBC world affairs editor John Simpson to contribute to the site and the Sunday Herald in Scotland has expressed an interest in buying articles from the website.

Powell also wants journalists to use greatreporter.com’s discussion forum for networking, picking up leads and to comment on articles.

By Jon Slattery

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