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Stockport Academy Student Reporters Enjoy A Journey Into Journalism With Top Reporter

Chris Prince / Categories: News, Enrichment, Student Newsletter

Stockport Academy Student Reporters Enjoy A Journey Into Journalism With Top Reporter

Student newsletter contributors Viktoria and Abi have written the following report about a recent visit by one of the country's leading journalists...

Stockport Academy's budding journalists and Year 10 students were in for a treat. We were lucky enough to have Michael Crick - an esteemed journalist who previously worked for the likes of Channel 4 and BBC - come in and tell us all about his career.

He shared his tips on how to be a good journalist, and how to get started in the vast world of journalism. Michael mentioned how in his younger years, there weren't many opportunities within school to pursue journalism, and that the best way to start was through school clubs (like our very own Spark!). He also touched on how nowadays we have post-graduate journalism courses, opening up new and exciting opportunities for our generation.

Michael explained an intriguing aspect of his specific type of journalism: doorstepping. What is doorstepping, you ask? Doorstepping is when you go to places to attempt to catch politicians or influential figures off guard in an effort to get answers to controversial questions that might not be answered under other circumstances. The point is to put them on the spot, putting the person into a position where they either can answer, or not; in the case they don't, it may say more about the situation than if they did answer. Michael noted that you can't doorstep without being bold and brave - you have to not be afraid to make a fool of yourself.

Mr John, who organised the visit, said: “It has been a fantastic opportunity to have Michael visit us as he is one of the best in the business, and the advice and experience he shared with our students was absolutely priceless.

“We would like to thank him for spending his time with us at Stockport Academy, and also to the Speakers for Schools programme for making it possible.”

Overall, the experience inspired us. Our glimpse into journalism has only fuelled our ambitions further!

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