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Students Put Richmond And Catterick's Retail Sector In The Spotlight
Saturday - December 5, 2015
A group of students from Darlington College's journalism school are working on reports about the retail health of Richmond and Catterick.

The news initiative, run by community news service the Richmond Noticeboard, started on Friday with the first 'newsday' for the college and saw students in both locations interviewing local people, councillors, traders and shoppers.

Using the hashtag #RichmondShops they were able to share regular snippets of information such as audio clips and pictures across social media platforms during the day as well as at the website www.richmondnoticeboard.com.

Local art cafe Jacalou Junction served as a pop up newsroom for the day which also gave people the opportunity to pop in and be interviewed for the project.

At the end of the day the students returned to their base and to start work sifting, sorting and editing the many pictures, videos and audio gathered.

Richmond Noticeboard editor Sarah Hartley said the newsday had been an interesting first experiment and hoped it would lead to further opportunities for the students.

She said: "As a journalist who started out at Darlington College myself many years ago, I know there's nothing quite like some real-world experience and so was thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to these students as they prepare to finish their degrees and seek work.

"Shopping in Richmond, and the new town centre at Catterick, has been a talking point for many in the town and their work is sure to bring some new perspectives to the debate."

The students will report back during next week with more detailed findings which will continue to be tagged #RichmondShops to make it easy to follow across social media.

And it’s not too late to take part. If you’ve views about this issue you can contact the project by email to RichmondNoticeboardATgmail.com or via the @RichmondNYorks Twitter stream or the Facebook page www.facebook.com/richmondnoticeboard.

Photo: Phones, cameras and notebooks. Students get to work at the pop up newsroom in Jacalou Junction
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