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Pupils get inside look at Star

PUBLISHED: 13:06 11 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:19 03 March 2010

TEN more Suffolk pupils have been given the chance to see how a newspaper is produced.

The teenagers, who are carrying out media studies at Northgate High, in Ipswich, have been spending time at The Evening Star's office, in Lower Brook Street as part of a special link up between the school and the newspaper.

TEN more Suffolk pupils have been given the chance to see how a newspaper is produced.

The teenagers, who are carrying out media studies at Northgate High, in Ipswich, have been spending time at The Evening Star's office, in Lower Brook Street as part of a special link up between the school and the newspaper.

From watching the press rolling to writing short stories and from understanding how The Star's website operates to viewing the paper store the youngsters were given a valuable insight into the operation of a local newspaper.

Luke Sadler and Andrew Leigh, both 16, said their time at the building in Lower Brook Street was "invaluable".

"There is no doubt that the brief time spent at The Star will help me with my course work," said Luke.

And Andrew, added: "It was a very interesting day for us and seeing how a story eventually appears in the paper."

Stacey Deverson and Emma Fowkes know where their future careers are heading – in to journalism.

Former Copleston High School pupil Stacey, is taking English literature, psychology, media studies and performing arts at sixth form.

She said that as she also has a great interest and involvement in the Suffolk Youth Theatre she already enjoys reading arts coverage and would like to write on the subject.

"I really do think that journalism is for me. I am quite surprised at how so much information gets in to the Star from such a small staff. It is fascinating."

Emma, who attended Debenham High School before moving to Northgate, is also studying psychology and media plus business studies sees her future too as being in reporting.

"I came to the Star on a school visit a couple of years ago and things have changed. It has been thoroughly enjoyable visiting again and I hope to come back," she added.

Charlotte Colquhoun and Joe Gooding found their experience at The Star's offices extremely worthwhile.

During their tour of the building they were able to get a detailed explanation of the newspaper's web site and how www.eveningstar.co.uk operates and breaks the news on-line.

Charlotte, 17, said: "It was a really interesting afternoon especially seeing the press rolling and finding out how page negatives are produced, turned into plates and then put onto the press."

And Joe, 16, added: "I enjoyed watching the press roll and it was an eye opener to find out how stories are gathered and produced."

Among the others who enjoyed their visit to the Evening Star's office immensely were Emma Davies, Jo Dunn, Harriet Rayner and Ed Hughes.

Ed was especially pleased with the opportunity to look around as he wants to move into a career in graphics and design when he finishes his studies.

The initiative was a special arrangement between the Star and Northgate Sixth Form.

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