Harriet’s day with the editor

Deadline experience sold at auction to highest bidder in aid of Seaton Primary School.

Colyton Grammar School student Harriet Gaukroger, 12, is today (Tuesday) the deadline day guest of Midweek Herald editor Belinda Bennett.

Keen writer Harriet bid for the experience at an auction organised by Seaton Primary School.

“I didn’t have any money, but put my hand up anyway,” said Harriet. “My parents very generously paid my bid of �17.

“Now I know that an editor’s job is more complicated than I thought it was.”

Harriet has been finding out how the Midweek Herald uses a content management system to organise stories and photographs and create pages.

“Breaking news this morning was a police report about a burglary in Honiton, which involved the theft of a sat nav and laptop computer,” said Harriet.

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“We typed the story and webbed it immediately, as well as allocate it to a page for this week’s paper.

“I have typed a story myself, which is on the Herald’s website. It is all about the various uses of old toothbrushes!”

With one page left to complete for this week’s Herald, Harriet is now assisting with pushing stories to the web.