Reporting on the Great North Run
Having arrived in the North East with minimal knowledge of the area and being thrown back into a classroom environment with a group of new people, constantly being warned how tough the next few months would be, the PA Diploma course was looking pretty daunting.
Roll on three weeks of expert teaching, sympathetic talks from past trainees, and a surprising progression in that most elusive of skills – shorthand – and the Great North Run was upon us.
Everyone was involved. Tyneside comes together for one monumental weekend.
It’s the biggest half marathon in the world and the Geordies make sure everyone knows it.
— Sophie Halsey (@Sophie_Halsey) September 13, 2015
But the best thing for us as a group of young reporters was that it was a reminder of why we are here. It’s your first big chance to get out, speak to the locals, the 57,000 runners, and experience the buzz of Newcastle.
— Phil Smith (@Phil__Smith) September 13, 2015
The atmosphere was indescribable, feeling the spectacular Tyne Bridge shake to the march of the superheroes, pantomime villains, wookies, and every other costume you can think of, as the Red Arrows fly overhead was the only confirmation I needed that I’d made the right decision in coming here.
— Jack BrookeBattersby (@JackBrooke93) September 13, 2015
Working with the titles that operate here – The Chronicle, The Journal and The Sunday Sun – there’s room for everyone to see their name in black and white for the first time.
But nothing compares to realising the passion of the people in this city; they all have a story and I can confidently speak for 16 people when I say we can’t wait to get back out there.
— Luke Barnes (@LukeBarnes1292) September 13, 2015
— Emmie (@emmieeharrison) September 13, 2015
— Neil Clark (@neil_a_clark) September 13, 2015
— Press Assoc Training (@PA_Training) September 14, 2015
Jack Brooke-Battersby @JackBrooke93
"I chose the PA intensive course in my late-30s to broaden my career options in the marine industry, where I had been working for more than seven years. After looking extensively online for a 'no-nonsense' course that would build hard skills in journalism as quickly as possible, I was left with just one option: the PA. I chose the Newcastle course and spent some of the hardest and most rewarding months of life learning to sharpen my analytical skills, take shorthand, interview different all sorts of people and turn it all into excellent hard news stories."