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Budding news pups learn trade's tricks

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 13, 2014

  • Sally Payne and The Cornishman acting news editor Richard Whitehouse with budding young journalists at St Maddern's C of E School

  • Sally Payne and The Cornishman acting news editor Richard Whitehouse with budding young journalists at St Maddern's C of E School.

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A NEW generation of journalists at St Maddern's C of E School have been grilling a local Cornishman reporter on the tricks of the trade for their after-school newspaper club, which is taking Madron by storm.

The mini-reporters, armed with notepads and questions at the ready, wanted to investigate a real newspaper to find out useful advice, the process of making a newspaper and even ask for a job in the future.

Acting news editor of The Cornishman Richard Whitehouse explained all the ins and outs of the job and the children enjoyed hearing his funniest articles and learning shorthand, which sparked many requests.

The children left Mr Whitehouse's visit with lots of knowledge, a journalist goody pack and are now very excited to write their next copy of 'St Maddern's Monthly' published by the school, the school said.

The club was set up by Sally Payne as part of her foundation degree in English studies at Truro College, which is called 'making writing exciting'.

The project encourages children to write for fun out of school and has been a great success, with a high percentage of children attending and lots of enthusiasm.

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