Young Otley newshounds put writer Jim on the spot

Young journalists from All Saints C of E put Jim Jack through his paces

Young journalists from All Saints C of E put Jim Jack through his paces

First published in News Ilkley Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Budding young reporters in Otley have been putting the Wharfedale & Aireborough Observer through its paces.

All Saints C of E Primary School’s Year 4 invited reporter Jim Jack to visit to talk about some of his most memorable experiences as a journalist.

The event, part of the class’s half-term project on newspaper reports, saw the tables turned as Jim was grilled by the pupils and their panel of six interviewers.

Although comfortable showing off his shorthand skills, he was on shakier ground when asked about the famous people he had interviewed.

The 44-year-old was worried his answers, which namechecked the likes of former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, might not mean much to his eight and nine-year-old interrogators. But his fears proved unfounded.

All the class seemed enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their subject.

Lucy Girling said: “I would like to be a journalist to find out what’s going on around the world.”

But for Charlie Wilson the police seemed more appealing. “I’d like to be a policeman, driving around spotting things.”

Thomas Hirst was more concerned with landing an interview with “Mr T” – aka All Saints’ head Ian Thomson-Smith, for the newspaper the class is producing. Teacher Clare Foxwell said: “The children are really enjoying the project and one of the targets was to talk to a journalist, so we’re delighted to have had the visit”

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