The trainee journalists at Leeds Trinity University launched a print magazine and newspaper last week , as well as a frequently updated news website featuring multimedia content.
A team of eight trainee journalists will be releasing Leeds Northern – a hyper-local newspaper covering Horsforth, Rawdon, Yeadon and Otley areas, and Yorkshire Voice which has features and reviews about things to do and see in Yorkshire.
Lisa Bradley, acting course leader of post-graduate print journalism at Leeds Trinity University said: “This is more than a student project, it is a professionally run newsroom staffed by journalists studying for their industry exams, overseen by tutors who are still practising in their field.
“So the quality of the stories are top notch, and this year we are delivering a web first product, so we are now a daily newspaper and magazine thoroughly covering a local patch.
“In our first week we have had more than 1000 hits, which I am sure will just be the starting point. Local news delivered directly to local people is what regional newspapers and magazines are all about.”
The trainees have a range of specialisms from arts and music to politics and crime and are hoping that the people of Leeds will get behind the project and help to promote it online so that that the journalists of the future can get as much exposure and feedback as possible.