To survive, the regional newspapers in the UK have to be at the forefront of modern technology, with reporters being not just multi-skilled but competent at all aspects of the editorial and production processes. This is the first point worth noting for those interested in the subject of journalism education for the modern local newspaper. Point two is that work experience for journalism students is best done on local, small, suburban newspapers where they will get to do everything. They will need to master QuarkXPress; know about law and ethics; know how to take photos; know how to get accurate names and addresses as well as quotes; know how to write a succinct caption; and know how to placate readers when they are angry and complaining.
Recommended CitationHerbert, J., Educating the friend of the family: The local journalist, Asia Pacific Media Educator, 10, 2001, 68-74.