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Dolphins caught hacking!

Published Tuesday 5th of February 2013 09:41:21 AM

Year 7 of Dolphin School was spotted driving to the Guardian Newspapers HQ on Monday morning. They were on a day's work experience as journalists and editors.

The morning began with Margaret Holborn, a journalist, asking the group from where news stories are gathered. The keen young reporters discovered that stories come from 'the wires', which are news agencies sending in news in brief over the internet, the public informing the paper of future events, the police and courts contacting the paper with updates.

The Guardian writes their news in order of the following importance: home news, world news, sport, science, technology, entertainment and culture. Year 7's first task as journalists was to read through the wires and select the main story, the second story, the News in Brief (NIBs) from the day's news. The most popular main story for these Dolphin journalists was the Brazilian nightclub fire. The NIBs included the defeat of Andy Murray at the Australian Open and the report about UK grandparents only seeing their grandchildren once a month.

These young journalists turned out to be naturals. Working in pairs, they skilfully produced the front page of the newspaper meeting all the deadlines and covering a variety of roles, including researcher, sub-editor, reporter and picture editor. Margaret Holborn was extremely impressed with Year 7 and said, 'Working with Dolphin School's Year 7 has been a brilliant start to my week!' The Guardian is keen to employ these bright young students as full time reporters on the paper as soon as they finish their education.
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