Pupils on write track after visit

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FUTURE Scarborough newshounds received an insight into the world of journalism after a visit to the Evening News.

The Year Three and Year Four pupils from Hinderwell School visited the newspaper’s offices in Aberdeen Walk to hear about the newspaper’s role as the heartbeat of the Scarborough community.

During the day the children enjoyed talks from Education reporter Steven Hugill and Head of Digital Adam Meads, who explained their different roles and what it was like to work in the newspaper insutry,

The children were told about how a report is produced and the wide variety of stories which reporters write, such as court cases, inquests and council meetings before enjoying a brief shorthand lesson.

They also learned about how the Evening News publishes stories on its website, which includes the day’s breaking stories, and also had a tour of the offices to watch reporters and photographers at work.

Teacher Michaela White helped organise the day and said the trip had been extremely worthwhile for the pupils.

She said: “It was a fantastic experience for the children and they really enjoyed learning about the shorthand.

“They were also interested about how reporters have to work really late sometimes to cover stories on a night for the next day’s newspaper.

“It gave them a bit of taster of what happens in a newspaper and the trip fitted in with work they are doing about stories in class.”

She added the pupils would be using their experience to help them write stories about other recent trips to the beach, library, the art gallery and the Harbour Bar and Lifeboat house.