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You Write The News blog

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.

December 4, 2012 10:26am

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.

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.

Ash Williamson and Alan English

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

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.

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