Reporting, to most young journalists and especially those under training, means working at one of the many hundreds of morning, evening or weekly papers published around the country, either from the paper’s main office or from branch offices covering a ‘district’.

Different newspapers mean different things when they refer to ‘district reporting’. Inone office all the staff might operate from a central reporters’ room, each travelling out into a particular geographical area and returning to the reporters’ room to input copy. Another newspaper may operate sub-offices some distance from head office, with perhaps just a junior reporter there as the editorial representative, or a junior under a senior reporter. In another variation, ...

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