…or at least that was the opinion of one desk editor from a national newspaper that I met during my London trip.
I had asked him why there were not more regional journalists breaking into the nationals.
His response was that staffing cuts at regional and local newspapers meant journalists at that level were not given the time to develop proper investigative and writing skills.
“We no longer see the regional newspapers as a source for staff,” he said. “We find that training graduates ourselves produces better journalists.”
He added that they had a few regional journalists who were trying to break in to London by working shifts, but they didn’t have the skills the newspaper demanded from someone with a staff job.
This had me reeling.
I had always been told that regional journalism was one of the best ways to cut your teeth in the trade and could – if you wanted it to and were good – pave a way for a career in the nationals.
Now it seems national newspapers may regard themselves as an entirely seperate industry.
Is it really the case that regional newspapers no longer train good journalists?