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Aspiring young journalists compete to be part of the Young Norfolk Daily Press

PUBLISHED: 07:30 15 January 2014

High School students taking part in interviews for the Young Norfolk Daily Press editorial team. From left, Jade Lambert, 17; Jade Fullick, 17; Bethany Cleghorn, 18;  Emma Knights, arts correspondent; Lucy Quantrill, 16; and Lucy Farrant, YNAF co-ordinator. Picture: Denise Bradley

High School students taking part in interviews for the Young Norfolk Daily Press editorial team. From left, Jade Lambert, 17; Jade Fullick, 17; Bethany Cleghorn, 18; Emma Knights, arts correspondent; Lucy Quantrill, 16; and Lucy Farrant, YNAF co-ordinator. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Aspiring young journalists have been competing for places on a team that will report on this year’s Young Norfolk Arts Festival.

High School students taking part in interviews for the Young Norfolk Daily Press editorial team. From left, Rose Newman, 18; Harriet Rowan, 16; Emma Knights, arts correspondent; Lucy Farrant, YNAF co-ordinator; Ali Taylor, 18; and Will Jennings, 17. Picture: Denise BradleyHigh School students taking part in interviews for the Young Norfolk Daily Press editorial team. From left, Rose Newman, 18; Harriet Rowan, 16; Emma Knights, arts correspondent; Lucy Farrant, YNAF co-ordinator; Ali Taylor, 18; and Will Jennings, 17. Picture: Denise Bradley

The first YNAF took place last summer, and for its second year two special EDP supplements will be created about the festival by the Young Norfolk Daily Press team at the EDP’s Norwich office, Prospect House.

Dozen of young people aged 16 to 18 applied to take part in the project, and on Friday more than 30 would-be journalists attended an afternoon of interviews.

The interview panel was extremely impressed by the standard and the enthusiasm of the young people, and the panel is now busy deciding who should be part of the team which will include two reporters, two page designers, two photographers, two digital specialists, and two sales specialists.

Norwich School head master Steffan Griffiths, who is the Young Norfolk Arts Festival committee chairman and was on the interview panel, said: “With about 50 applications from 17 schools and colleges, it is clear that there is a great deal of enthusiasm for the project. We saw lots of talented young people from right across the county. The range of skills and experiences was most impressive and we are confident that we will be able to put together an exciting team to raise awareness of the Young Norfolk Arts Festival.”

High School students taking part in interviews for the Young Norfolk Daily Press editorial team. Esme St. Clair, 16, is interviewed by Mark Hindle, head of editorial production, and Beth Kay, right, YNAF marketing manager. Picture: Denise BradleyHigh School students taking part in interviews for the Young Norfolk Daily Press editorial team. Esme St. Clair, 16, is interviewed by Mark Hindle, head of editorial production, and Beth Kay, right, YNAF marketing manager. Picture: Denise Bradley

Tim Williams, managing editor for EDP publisher Archant Norfolk, added: “We are delighted by the great enthusiasm shown by young people across the county for this exciting new project.

“Lots of potential young journalists really impressed us at interview. We are looking forward to announcing our team for the Young Norfolk Daily Press soon and getting started on the first of the two EDP supplements.”

The inaugural Young Norfolk Arts Festival, supported by the EDP, took place last summer and saw stage and screen legend Dame Judi Dench visit Norwich to launch the arts extravaganza. It showcased stars of the future with a programme of entertainment spanning art, music, drama and more.

For the 2014 Young Norfolk Arts Festival, the Young Norfolk Daily Press (YNDP) team will produce two eight-page publications for the EDP along with video and social media.

The first supplement will preview the festival. The second supplement will report on the highlights of the festival which runs from June 27 to July 6.

• Do you have a story about the arts in Norwich? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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