Twenty aspiring journalists this week created their own tabloid newspaper from scratch at the News UK journalism summer school.
The sixth formers have had the chance to meet a variety of top News UK staff including investigative jouralist Brian Flynn, political writer Trevor Kavanagh and Sun showbiz writer Dan Wootton. They’ve also had the opportunity to go out and find their own stories and interview some high profile figures.
Toby Craven, 17, outlined his experience of the free course.
He said: “We’ve been briefed on every aspect of journalism and making a paper – be it the necessity of sub-editing, the importance of protecting your sources, or how to make the contacts who will give you exclusives
“Apart from learning from top journalists, we’ve been spending the week sourcing stories for our own paper, The Edge. Our aim is to prove to young people that tabloids are still a great source of news.
“I’ve been interested in journalism ever since I could read a newspaper, and the Summer School has given me a precious glimpse of three world-class titles – The Times, The Sunday Times, and The Sun – do it.
“The News UK brand has also provided unprecedented access to a number of events, such as being behind the scenes at the Emirates, and interviews with Andy Burnham and Tess Daly
“The News Academy Summer School is an unparalleled chance to understand how a paper is made, from some of the best in the business. I’d recommend any aspiring journalist to apply.”