Fenland students visit our office to learn more about newspaper industry

A GROUP of students today visited the offices of the Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard to find out more about the newspaper industry and how their local newspaper is produced.

The students, from Thomas Clarkson Community College in Wisbech and Sir Harry Smith Community College in Whittlesey, are studying a Creative and Media diploma.

The 15 students discovered what qualifications are needed to work in journalism, discovered Archant’s new editorial content management system and found out how the paper is produced every week.

They were also given an insight into the pictures taken by staff photographer Brian Purdy, enjoyed an in-depth demonstration of photo editing software and asked many questions of staff.

Some students also shared their career ambitions with staff, with one student saying he wants to work in radio, another expressing an interest in photography and others saying they want to prusue a career in drama.

Lisa Tarsitano, head of expressive arts at Thomas Clarkson, said: “At the moments the students are studying Unit 1 of the diploma called Scene. It is about employment and opportunities within creative and media within Cambridgeshire.

“We are trying to visit a number of employers as possible to speak to people and find out what’s going on. This was our first visit, we are also going to the Junction in Cambridge and the Ideal World shopping channel in Peterborough.”

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