What an experience for Jonathan, 15
PUBLISHED: 08:26 26 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:32 15 June 2010
9AM last Wednesday morning: I looked with a certain dismay at the size of the Tourist Information Centre in Honiton where, in a small back office, I would be on work experience for two days.
9AM last Wednesday morning: I looked with a certain dismay at the size of the Tourist Information Centre in Honiton where, in a small back office, I would be on work experience for two days.I soon discovered though that the tiny cubby hole office provided a perfect base for reporting in and around Honiton, while on Friday I would be in the Herald's Exeter offices, which are on a significantly larger scale than the Tourist Information Centre.Despite my slight apprehensions at first, I realised that the Honiton office did indeed make sense as a base for Belinda Bennett, my supervisor and editor of the Herald, to work from on Wednesday and Thursday.Starting with writing up stories, it became apparent how simple it was to rattle them off, based on notes made at a town council meeting the evening before. We managed to write at least 16 stories in just a couple of hours before heading off to Gittisham to cover a fashion show at a playgroup, which perhaps gave me an insight into the bread and butter areas of reporting. However, it was interesting, none the less.Thursday morning showed me how easy it is to find news and events - simply by wandering the town and seeing what there is in shop windows. It makes sense - another two brief pieces written on upcoming events. Thursday afternoon, meanwhile, involved going to a public meeting of sorts for Honiton's pensioners where the topics of social services and healthcare were discussed. The main story, however, was not what the initial speech was focusing on - a policy report on combined services in the area - but the pensioners' concerns about transport to Exeter hopsital. I also found out that pensioners are more than capable of lively debate.I spent Friday in the Archant South West offices, in Exeter, which allowed me to experience being in a larger scale office and also see the editing processes to create the finished newspaper, as well as meet the rest of the people involved in the newspaper.All in all, it has been a really worthwhile experience and I will go away knowing a lot more about newspapers and journalism than I did before.
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