A BUDDING Wigan journalism student has received praise from the House of Commons after winning a place on a prestigious news academy.
Hannah Daly found out about the opportunity with academy through Winstanley College, where she is studying for her A-levels.
The 18-year-old has always had ambitions to be a journalist she was keen to apply for the placement. Despite fierce competition, Hannah’s essay on feminism impressed them and, following an interview, she was offered the placement on the News Academy Summer School.
Hannah travelled down to London, to the News UK building (the same offices as The Times and The Sun) and spent the week with a group of carefully selected, best of the best, students also on the Summer School scheme.
Throughout the week they enjoyed master-classes from world-renowned journalists and put their writing skills to the test – interviewing global superstar Nicole Scherzinger, attending press conferences at both West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur, and learning the ropes of broadcasting with TV presenter Jeff Brazier.
The students experienced all the departments at the paper including news, sport, entertainment, celebrity, comment/opinion, politics and features desks and had their work overseen by The Sun’s head of editorial Projects, Jon Moorhead, who acted as the Summer School’s editor in chief.
The group then wrote their own articles and features for inclusion in a News Academy Summer School newspaper, called Shift.
The students visited the printing press in Broxbourne for the launch and Hannah had three articles included in the launch issue.
Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire, wrote to Hannah to congratulate her on the placement after she received a copy of Shift.
Hannah said: “It was great to get recognition from Rosie for my placement; I’m delighted that she enjoyed reading Shift so much.
“The placement at News Academy helped me realise that this is definitely something I’d like to pursue as a career. I will continue to write articles and get as much experience as I can as I have become aware of how competitive the industry is.”