2nd March 2006
FIRST-YEAR STUDENT MAKES HEADLINE NEWS
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Nineteen-year-old David Lee from Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire has written an article about being a computer salesman which appears in the Technology section of today’s Guardian newspaper.
David says he wrote the article in response to a piece published in the paper on Thursday 26th of January in which the journalist describes computer sales staff as roving imbeciles.
“I work part-time as a computer salesman to fund my studies and know how hard working in retail can be,” says David. “After reading the article criticising computer store staff I thought I’d write a riposte. I emailed the editor and pitched my idea to him.
“I’d always presumed getting your work published in a national newspaper would be really hard as they must receive hundreds of emails from budding journos everyday. My experience has been completely different from what I expected. I’m even being paid for it!”
Journalism lecturer Richard Orange says he is delighted but not surprised by David’s achievement.
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“I’m delighted but not surprised by David’s success he’s a very enthusiastic and motivated student. It shows we’re teaching our students ‘real’ journalism skills. They’re not just sat in a lecture theatre; they’re actually out there doing the job.”
David’s 600-word article entitled, ‘Don’t shoot me, I’m only the computer salesman’ can be read in today’s Guardian newspaper or on the website at http://technology.guardian.co.uk/
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