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On 7th May Norwich Writers’ Circle member Neil Walker hosted an interactive journalism workshop.

The former BBC broadcaster and news producer begun the evening by discussing his varied media career. Neil first started out as a newspaper reporter aged 19, before moving on, via a a variety of roles, to work at Radio Norfolk for over 25 years.

After everyone was split into groups of 3 people, we were all given a press release to rewrite in the style of a tabloid newspaper. The news stories were then read out, and commented on, leading to various merry discussions amongst our members.

Our final task was to decide in our groups, from a list of 6 brief stories, which of them were newsworthy, and which were not. We then had to summarise our 5 chosen stories in a punchy, attention-grabbing way, as if it was going to air on a Channel 5 News bulletin or BBC Three’s 60 Seconds.

After our fun-filled and humorous task, Neil then set our latest in-house Competition. We have been requested to write a news story based on an incident from our own lives – “something we would tell other people” – in a tabloid style. It has been recommended that all the Competition entries be as succinct as possible, and highlight the key facts first, making the story both fun and easy to understand.

NWC next meet on 21st May when we will be welcoming the Eastern Daily Press’ book reviewer, Mark Bond Webster, to our writing group.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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