Aspiring journalist Sophie scoops a place on programme

Sophie Burleigh, from Harborough
Sophie Burleigh, from Harborough

A student from Harborough was one of 20 young aspiring journalists from across the country invited to a free week-long intensive training programme at the London headquarters of The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun.

Sophie Burleigh had an opportunity to learn the tricks of the trade from the best in the business.

As well as attending master classes with The Sun’s head of showbiz Dan Wootton to editorial director of The Sunday Times Eleanor Mills - the students were busy sourcing scoops from Premier League football matches, political interviews and celebrity photo shoots to put together their very own 16-page newspaper under the watchful eye of the Editor of the Irish Sun, Paul Clarkson.

As a finale, the students saw the fruits of their labour being printed at News UK’s Broxbourne print site heading home with a copy hot off the press.

Director of communications for News UK, Guto Harri, said: “The News Academy Summer School is our way of ensuring that our brightest young people get the encouragement and inspiration they need.”