FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE: Keira O'Reilly, Chelsea Smith, Grace Greedy, Kirsten Kemp, Taylor Stone, Rebekah Lougher are finding out this week how the Daily Examiner operates while they enjoy work experience together. Photo Georja Ryan / Daily Examiner
FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE: Keira O'Reilly, Chelsea Smith, Grace Greedy, Kirsten Kemp, Taylor Stone, Rebekah Lougher are finding out this week how the Daily Examiner operates while they enjoy work experience together. Photo Georja Ryan / Daily Examiner Georja Ryan

Experiencing life in the Examiner office

THE Daily Examiner staff numbers have been bolstered this week with the addition of six of Grafton's best and brightest.

We're proud to boast our work experience team which, for one day only this Friday, will be guest editing, reporting and photographing.

Yesterday we put the six Year 10 students, five of which are from McAuley College and one of which from CVAS, into a group to brainstorm news ideas as well as to write a diary entry on their first day in The Daily Examiner HQ.

Today we'll be giving them each an "acting" role and they will shadow the relevant person in the newsroom for a couple of days.

Then the acting editor, acting deputy, acting sport editor, acting reporters and acting photographers will run their very own news conference to put together their very own edition of The DEX, which we'll call The WEX (The Work Experience Examiner).

Click here for Chelsea's diary entry of her first day of work experience  

Click here to read Grace's thoughts on working at the Examiner

Click here to find out why Keira's doing work experience at the DEx

Pick up each day's paper to follow their experience and get exclusive behind the scene perspectives at what goes on in the newsroom.

Visit our website throughout the week for online updates and don't forget to pick up Friday's special edition.

First impressions count and while all the girls agreed that The DEX crew was a friendly lot, some of the students had slightly different expectations of what a real-life newsroom would be like.

"I imagined The Daily Examiner to be much like the Daily Planet from Superman that Clarke Kent worked for," Chelsea Smith said.

"When I arrived at The Daily Examiner's offices this morning I expected a quiet place where everyone kept to themselves to get the job done but it the complete opposite," Rebekah Lougher said.

Click here to see what attracted Kirsten to doing work experience at a newspaper

Click here for Taylor's first impressions of the Examiner newsroom

Click here to see what career Rebekah is keen to pursue

As for what they like about the paper, it's mostly the range of good local stories.

"Everyone is able to have access to the news that affects them. I feel as if the industry is designed to give. Give news. Give stories. Give the truth," Keira O'Reilly said.

CHELSEA SMITH

I CHOSE to come to The Daily Examiner for my experience for the opportunity to see what working in a newspaper would be like.

I imagined The Daily Examiner to be much like the Daily Planet from Superman that Clarke Kent worked for.

I think to work in a newspaper you have to be a team player, communicating with the editor and bouncing ideas and stories off each other.

Chelsea Smith
Chelsea Smith

I always thought working at The Daily Examiner would be very interesting as you learn about people and they share their story with you. Then you have the chance to put their story out into the community for everyone to know that person's story. My first impression of the newspaper was warm and inviting and this instantly made me feel welcome.

The other five girls and I were given three tasks to do for the day. The first being to go out and ask three people a question. The question Keira and I chose to do was ask people about their Christmas traditions.

Our second task was to think of 10 interesting people in the community and ask them what other people didn't know about them.

Our third and final task was to come up with 15 story ideas potentially for our newspaper on Friday.

Overall I have so far enjoyed my experience at The Daily Examiner and I am looking forward to the coming week, especially with our edition of Friday.

GRACE GREEDY

I CHOSE to do Year 10 work experience at the Daily Examiner because I wanted to learn more about what is involved in producing a daily newspaper.

Grace Greedy
Grace Greedy

I didn't really know what to expect when working here.

For me, 8.30am is a good time to come into work, as I usually wake up at 6.30 in the morning to catch a 7:30 bus.

My first impressions of everybody here are that they are all really nice and friendly and they like to make conversation with you.

Doing work experience here could lead me into having a full time job in journalism and photography.

So far I'm glad that I chose to do my work experience here, because it seems really fun, and I am looking forward to the rest of my week here.

KEIRA O'REILLY

I CHOSE to come to The Daily Examiner for work experience because I am really interested in pursuing a career in journalism.

Keira O'Reilly
Keira O'Reilly

I like the idea of giving a voice to those who aren't heard and telling their story. I thought The Daily Examiner would be a great place to learn a bit more about this because it is local; sharing local events and stories that mean something to the community.

I think this is what really makes a newspaper- having stories with meaning and interest.   Newspapers are great because they are available to anyone and everyone.

Everyone is able to have access to the news that affects them. I feel as if the industry is designed to give. Give news. Give stories. Give the truth.

There is nothing hugely profitable about it.

So far, I have really enjoyed work experience here. It has given me a feel for what working in a newsroom is like. Everyone is so nice and willing to give us any hints and tips on how to get into the business and write the best story.

I am really looking forward to what is to come, especially writing our own newspaper on Friday.

KIRSTEN KEMP

Kirsten Kemp
Kirsten Kemp

I CHOSE to come to The Daily Examiner because I thought it would be great to work with the photographers and also to see what it would be like to work in the media and with a news group.

I thought the place would be bigger and have more people, but I really like the people here because they are all friendly and supportive and they make being here feel more relaxing and comfortable.

I like and am interested in this paper because there is always something in there for everybody and there are always great photographs and stories.

I think it would be good if I got something out of this and I'm happy to be working here this week.

TAYLOR STONE

I LIKE this newspaper because it is always letting us know what is happening in the area.  

Taylor Stone
Taylor Stone

The Daily Examiner always has interesting stories that people are interested in and want to know about.

Newspapers are being taken over by technology a lot which isn't a good thing. I think getting a newspaper of a morning would be much better than going on the internet.

My first impression of this place is very welcoming and everyone seemed so nice and excited that we are going to be doing our work experience here.

They seem to have everything organised for us and a lot for us to do.

I know Kelly Price though family and she seemed very interested in having me to do my work experience.

She told me some of the things that I would be doing and that made me want to do it.

Even though I don't want to do anything to do with newspapers when I finish school, I still thought it would be a good experience to say that I did this for my work experience.

REBEKAH LOUGHER

I CHOSE to do my Year 10 Work Experience at The Daily Examiner because I wanted to see what it is like to be a journalist at a paper such as The Daily Examiner because it is a career I want to pursue when I'm older.

Rebekah Lougher
Rebekah Lougher

It is a bustling and vibrant place, where everyone works together to create the newspaper which I read every morning while eating breakfast.

I'm looking forward to this week after what I have done today.

I have already asked people around town the question of the day and thought of stories for our own edition of Friday.

I hope that one day this week of experience will take me around the world, covering big news stories and talking to the people behind these stories.



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