A WIDE range of work awaits the young reporter starting a first job on a local paper. The smaller the paper the more varied the work, for an editor with a modest budget will be less able to call upon speciaists for particular tasks, and in emergencies quite important jobs can fall upon young shoulders. This is one of the valuable aspects of training on a local paper.

Training begins from day one with the fledgeling news gatherer being assigned to accompany a senior journalist in the coverage of jobs. As training proceeds, some of the first solo assignments you will get might appear simple but it would be wrong to assume that they are easy. The correct approach in dealing with people and care in finding and checking information applies ...

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