Pupils at a Pontefract school turned tables on Express reporter Trish Ellis when they grilled her about her work as a journalist.
The year six class at St Giles’ J&I School on Skinner Lane, interviewed Trish as part of a project on journalistic writing, with the aim of writing their own news reports.
Jane Marshall, literacy teacher, said: “They’ve been looking at how news is made and how it’s reported, and the different ways of getting news.
“They’ve also been looking at the effect multi-media news is produced and then writing in a journalistic style, which we’re trying to link with real life events.”
Among the questions the pupils put to Trish were “what’s the funniest story you’ve ever written?”, “have you interviewed anybody famous?”, “what are the qualities needed to become a reporter?” and “why did you want to become a journalist?”.
Trish said: “The pupils asked some really interesting questions and had obviously put a lot of thought into what they wanted to find out about my job.
“It was also really lovely to see them reading the Express and commenting on the stories – and quite a few of them saw friends and family pictured in the paper.”
Pupil Matthew Chambers, 11, said: “I learned a lot about the skills you need to be a journalist, like good English.”
Luke Griffiths, also 11, said: “I learned that you have to get all your grades to be a journalist, also you get the opportunity to show people what you can do.”