Reporter Paula drops in for a questions and answers session at Newcourt School
THE MEDIA as a whole is an industry that interests many.
Over the past few weeks the Applied Leaving Certificate Class at Newcourt School in Bray have been studying the papers from the national broadsheets to the tabloids and of course the regional papers including the Bray People.
Since beginning their study the students had many burning questions that only a journalist in the industry could answer for them.
Reporter for the Bray People Paula Burns visited the school last Thursday morning for an informal questions and answers session.
The class of seven students warmly welcomed Paula into their classroom and each waited in anticipation to ask the question they needed answered.
It was obvious by the questions asked that the students had put great time and effort into their study and had read the Bray People from cover to cover every week.
The pressure pot of the newsroom was top of the list of questions as most of the students pictured it to be a scene out of superman with the editor shouting ‘I need stories!’ and the reporters typing away under the stress.
Of course Paula explained that deadline day does have its stresses but is also very exciting and getting that exclusive news story is always the main aim and a fantastic achievement when attained.
In our celebrity driven world the students were dying to know who in the celeb world Paula had met.
Their appetite for gossip was met when Paula very gladly told the group about her chance sighting of International supermodel Erin O’Connor who was having lunch in one of Bray’s coffee shops and of the time when she questioned Westlife about them taking a break and whether or not they feared that Boyzone may take their place.
Once all the questions were asked and the students were fully satisfied that they knew everything that they needed to know about journalism, Paula was presented with a tasty box of chocolates for taking time out from the office.
‘It was great to see such enthusiasm and interest from the students who obviously had great interest in local news and the local paper,’ commented Paula after her visit.
Bray People reporter Paula Burns with some media students at Newcourt School.