chapter  6
33 Pages

The Rounds

ByBarbara Alysen, Mandy Oakham, Roger Patching, Gail Sedorkin

There was a time when being given your first round (i.e. a specific area such as courts, politics, police) to cover was a sign that you had left the incubation crib of journalism and were moving into the world of being a seasoned reporter. Nowadays, not only is it common to be given a round very shortly after arriving in a newsroom, it is equally common to have more than one round, or to be moved frequently from one round to another. At metro newspapers, young entrants are moved around all the major rounds during their twelve-month traineeships.