1st September 2005




Two young reporters have scooped full-time jobs on daily newspapers thanks to a pioneering scholarship scheme.


University of Lincoln students Joanna Hunter and Barry Darra have landed jobs as full time trainee reporters at the Hull Daily Mail and the Lincolnshire Echo respectively after completing degrees in Journalism.


The two students joined the Journalism Scholarship Scheme in 2002 and are both due to graduate on Wednesday 14th September after studying on the three year course and having also completed 150 days of work experience with the newspapers.


“The scholarship scheme is an excellent way to get into journalism,” said Joanna (22) of Brough near Hull.


Joanna, who will graduate with first-class honours, believes that she might not have achieved such an excellent result had it not been for the Hull Daily Mail.


“I think it’s really great that local newspapers work with universities to train budding young journalists,” she said.


Barry Darra (28 ), who lives in Lincoln and who will graduate with a 2:1 in Journalism, said: “Journalism is something I’ve always wanted to do so the scheme was perfect for me.


“I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in a career as a reporter as it is a real eye-opener into the world of journalism.”


The University of Lincoln’s Journalism Scholarship Scheme was launched at the university in 1999.


Joanna and Barry will graduate at Lincoln Cathedral at 11.30pm on Wednesday 14th September.



For more information contact:

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

01522 886042                         jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

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