We started our journalism careers working from our front rooms

Three trainee reporters joined Reach Plc’s Devon and Cornwall newsrooms under lockdown this week.

Alex Green, Aaron Greenaway and Chloe Parkman started their new roles from home and have met most of their colleagues only virtually through hangouts and messaging apps.

The three new starters had equipment delivered to their homes and have undergone a number of training sessions throughout the week with Reach Plc trainers from around the country.

Alex Green

Despite the unusual start to their working career, via virtual reporter meetings and video conferences, they’re all relishing the chance to get involved in journalism at such a critical time.

Alex, 24, has joined Devon and Cornwall regional live and trending team after graduating from Plymouth Marjon University with a degree in journalism.

He said: “Starting a brand new job is difficult at any time, let alone in these unprecedented times, but I can confidently say that this week has been a pleasure. I’ve got to know the amazing teams I’ll be working with from now on, and I’m beyond excited for what’s to come.

“I feel privileged to be working with a team of journalists who all work extremely hard to make sure their readers are informed by trustworthy and reliable news stories, which has now become more vital than ever.”

Chloe Parkman

Chloe, 22, from the South Hams in Devon, studied Journalism with Media Studies at the University of Portsmouth, graduating in 2019 and will be reporting for ExeterLive, one of two new brands launched as part of DevonLive in March.

She said: “I am totally ecstatic to begin my journalism career with DevonLive during a time where the news media is so incredibly vital and desperately valued. It could be said that this is the very definition of ‘being thrown into the deep end’, from training sessions which have been conducted via a webcam to meeting fellow colleagues (who I have been assured are real people and not virtual floating heads) it certainly has been memorable.

“ This first week has given me a great insight into the crazy world of journalism and demonstrates just how fast-paced this industry is, with not just the pressures of keeping on top of a 24/7 news cycle, but how quickly journalists have to adapt in order to overcome challenges. Although it has been an undeniably crazy first week, I am excited to enter into this unpredictably challenging yet rewarding industry.”

Aaron Greenaway, 28, joins CornwallLive as a community reporter, helping to grow their new brands, including TruroLive.

Aaron, who has spent five years running a community radio station in Cornwall, graduated from Plymouth Marjon University in October 2019 with a Masters.

He said: “I’m more excited than you can imagine to be joining Cornwall Live and Reach PLC at a time where now more than ever people are turning to trusted media outlets for reliable, local information. I join a team of people whose work I’ve followed for years — some from the days where I’d try and read Dad’s newspaper before he’d read it.

“While the way we reach the communities we live and breathe has changed massively in a short space of time, the connection we have with those people remains the same as it ever was. It’s an honour to be a part of that alongside people who share my passion for telling the stories about and are part of the greatest part of the United Kingdom.”

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