The News' five community journalists are hard at work on their stories this morning after entering our competition to be a journalist for the day.
3.12pm: Most of our guest journalists are now wrapping up their interviews and our chief of staff Rhiannon Horrell, editor Kristin Favaloro and The News journalists are helping sort through the information to formulate stories.
2.45pm: Karen and John have excitedly contacted the newsroom. "We’ve just taken a pic from the Commonwealth Bank balcony – apparently troops were stationed there in 1879 waiting for the Kelly gang to rob the Victoria Bank on the opposite side of the junction (now Cash Converters)," John said. "Just spoken to amateur local historian John Gribben – he is a gold mine of Kelly stories."
2pm: The News’ senior editorial team is now going into an afternoon meeting to decide on the details of tomorrow’s paper. We’ll be looking at stories that have developed across the day and consider the best photos. Tomorrow should be a great community edition of the paper.
1.40pm: Fiona and Raquel are back in the office after an interview with a teenager about alternative music entertainment options, for those who aren’t into rock music. Fiona’s also been covering a case today in the Shepparton Magistrates' Court.
1.25pm: Alan English is thoroughly enjoying his day at The News. He said it's interesting to be able to collate the ideas and opinions of others. Very shortly Ashleigh and Alan will be heading out to interview an agriculture teacher.
12.20pm: Shepparton Heritage Centre secretary Peter Ford came up with some cracking Ned Kelly stories this morning for Karen Parker and John Lewis – particularly one about a lady who was visited by the gang while baking a cake. He said there is also reported evidence of Ned doing his shopping in Shepp. Off to talk to amateur sleuth John Gribben now. It seems everyone has a Ned Kelly story.
12.18pm: Kaitlin and Ruth have just got back into the office after speaking to a local family about immunisation. One of the family members told us how important she thinks it is. They’re also chasing other sources for their story including health professionals and lobby groups.
11.44am: Sophie and our guest journo Christian have just got back into the office. They’ve been talking to people on the street about Shepparton. Sophie says there were some interesting and surprising answers…
11.25am: Kaitlin and Ruth are now on their way to interview a local family about the importance of immunisation. This will form an important part to our wider immunisation story for tomorrow.
11.10am: Alan and our journo Ashleigh are heading out the door now to put together a story about the installation of Christmas decorations in Shepparton.
Ashleigh is also taking Alan through his favourite practical jokes, prank calling other journalists in the office.
10.40am: Tomorrow we’ll be publishing a story about youth in our region and what entertainment is on offer for them. Journalist Fiona Broom is working with guest journalist Raquel Barolli on this issue. They’re just heading out the door to interview a local teen and get their opinion. Later in the day we’ll be talking to youth organisation Word and Mouth too.
Fiona Broom and Raquel Barolli.
10.30am: One of our senior journalists John Lewis is currently out and about with community journalist Karen Parker. Today they’ll be investigating the links that Ned Kelly has to our town. They’ve got some interesting interviews lined up with local historians and Ned Kelly experts.
10.25am: Our journalist Ashleigh Williamson and another of our guest journalists Alan English are currently preparing questions to put to a local agriculture teacher. They’re planning to ask about how teaching methods have changed over time and what kind of qualifications one needs to succeed in the field.
Ashleigh Williamson and Alan English
10.20am: Journalist for a Day Ruth McLeod and our reporter Kaitlin Thals are currently putting questions to Greater Shepparton City Council about immunisation in our region. We’re looking into immunisation rates, costs and immunisation in schools among other things.
Kaitlin Thals and Ruth McLeod
10.15am: Journalist Sophie Malcolm and our guest journalist Christian Dow are about to head out the door to interview members of the community for a people poll. They’ll be asking people from a range of backgrounds about their views on Shepparton’s reputation.
9am: Our five brand new journalists have arrived in the office and attended the morning meeting to decide how to flesh out their stories for the day.
Christian Dow, Raquel Barolli, Karen Parker, Alan English and Ruth McLeod entered the You Write the News competition and each submitted their own story idea to follow up when they arrived in the News offices today.
A car was stolen from the Chemist Warehouse carpark in Shepparton on Saturday while the owner was shopping for Christmas presents.
After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
The recent Kyabram Master Pairs, played over six days with crack sides from near and far, attracted some talented bowlers eager to win the prestige event.
'Suttonsville', a minitature version of Echuca-Moama made out of gingerbread at Moama's Sutton Bakery, has a growing number of admirers.
Three Goornong Fire Brigade firefighters recently completed a CFA course on safety surrounding urban firefighting and using breathing apparatuses.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
But have opponents given up the fight?
Tocumwal Pre-School students are proudly flying their KITE at the Tocumwal Lions Community Hostel.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
Residents urged to renew fruit fly baits to support local orchards.
A Korean company has a proposal with the NSW Government to built a $90 million ethanol plant in Deniliquin.
SPC Ardmona, is sending eight containers loaded with $250,000 of fruit and vegetables to cyclone ravaged Philippines.
The hunt is on for a buyer for Benalla and Mansfield Toyota after the business went into receivership last fortnight.
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