An English student will spend this summer in the Big Apple after he was accepted for a work placement at the New York Observer.
Jack McIlroy Reid successfully completed an interview for the position over the phone and will work for the newspaper from May until August.
The 20-year-old from Gloucester is in his second year at Liverpool John Moores University, studying a course which involves a ‘working in the USA’ module.
Jack said: “This is something I have always wanted to do, and I feel privileged to have been given such an amazing opportunity.”
The work placement is unpaid, however, meaning Jack will have to fund the trip and organise accommodation himself.
He explained: “I do have some family friends in New York, but in order to stay with them they’ve asked me to work for them. I’m not sure how I’m going to do that and my work placement, but I’ll figure something out.”
Many students on the same course chose to participate in ‘Camp America’, which is very popular with students across the country. But Jack believed that going for a placement with a newspaper could help with his career after he has completed his degree.
Having joined a student newsroom, the Looprevil Press, Jack has published articles to show potential employers and was able to email these and his CV to as many New York newspapers as possible.
To prepare for the intense workload in New York that Jack has been warned about, he has arranged a two-week placement in February with the Southport Visiter to get a taste of the journalist’s life he will be living this summer.
By Hannah Newman-Jones
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Jack will spend his summer in America working on placement for the New York Observer newspaper