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On Thursday 18th June ten students from Year 10 and 12 were provided with a fascinating insight into the world of journalism when they attended an editorial workshop led by Old Blue Patrick Hart from the Class of 1991.

Over the course of his career Patrick has gained a wealth of editorial experience and is currently working as a freelance sub-editor and journalist for UEFA, a role that has provided him with numerous opportunities to travel around the world to report on UEFA football tournaments.

The first half of the workshop was directed by local sports journalist and award winning author Simon Hughes. Simon’s work can be regularly found in the Daily Telegraph, the Independent and Liverpool Football Club’s official magazine. As well as providing students with a detailed insight into the life and work of a football journalist, Simon also talked to the students about how he started in the industry and what experience and qualifications he felt would be necessary to for the next generation of journalist to start their careers.

The workshop continued with help from Patrick’s assistant Jen Hough. Currently working towards her PhD at the Hope University, Jen introduced our students to George Orwell’s famous ‘six rules for writing’ and stressed the importance of good written English, highlighting several shocking examples of bad English prompting a great discussion amongst the students.

As the afternoon drew to a close one student remarked that “with a multitude of engaging talks and thought-provoking activities, the editorial workshop was both informative and involving and was ultimately a thoroughly worthwhile afternoon for all students involved.”

The whole event was a real education for our students wishing to pursue a potential career in journalism. Our thanks go to Patrick, Simon and Jen for taking time out of their busy schedule to run such a successful workshop.

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