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I’ve been for­tu­nate to have been spend­ing some time with stu­dents this week, at the New Zealand Broad­cast­ing School. All bright eyed young things, pas­sion­ate about news and jour­nal­ism and ex­cited about the ca­reers they’re carv­ing out for them­selves.

It’s deeply ironic, given I’m cur­rently work­ing through the clo­sure of three com­mu­nity news­pa­pers, but it’s also in­spi­ra­tional and en­cour­ag­ing that there are still young re­porters com­ing through to take up the torch.

It’s eerily fa­mil­iar, as things haven’t changed all that much in the 20 years since I was there. But it’s also quite dif­fer­ent - we cer­tainly didn’t have to worry about on­line sto­ries and so­cial en­gage­ment.

While a part of me is tempted to ad­vise them to get them­selves an HT li­cence as well, just to be safe, the big­ger part is ut­terly de­lighted there are smart, com­pas­sion­ate, brave and ide­al­is­tic young peo­ple ready to tell great sto­ries, ask hard ques­tions and make a dif­fer­ence. Check out MetroNews on­line. - Shan­non.

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