Birmingham grads hit the newsroom

By Ella Aynsley

"Together with some other Envision grads, I had the great opportunity to visit the Head Office of Trinity Mirror Midlands. This is where local newspapers such as the Birmingham Mail and Birmingham Post are published.

We were really lucky to get a tour from the Editor of the Birmingham Post, Stacey Barnfield. It was great to have an insider’s perspectives on the inner workings of the press, particularly from somebody with his level of experience.

I hadn't been sure what to expect, but I was impressed to see the newsroom in action. I found it really eye-opening to see how much goes into creating the newspapers that we see in newsagents all over the city.

One of the most interesting parts for me was learning about the huge shift in journalism that’s taken place in recent years as we’ve moved into a digital age.  

I learned how previously, newspapers were the go-to source of information, and as a result, the press had a large impact on how people found out about breaking news. Today, however, people are able to read stories immediately through social media sites like Twitter, and as a result, the press has had to diversify to cater to their readers, through launching digital innovations like news apps for mobile devices.

Overall, it was a really unique and revealing experience. I didn't think I’d ever have the chance to get a detailed inside look into the world of the press unless I went into a career in journalism! I know all of us really enjoyed our time there."

About Ella

Ella was a student on our Birmingham Truth About Youth programme in 2013-2014.

She was awarded Student of the Year at the Truth About Youth Festival 2014 for her amazing contribution to a project on mental health education.

She also underwent a work experience placement at the Envision Birmingham office.