Trinity Mirror has launched a mentoring programme that will see 60 young “community journalists” write for regional titles including the Manchester Evening News and Liverpool Echo.

The partnership with the Media Trust will see writers aged 16 to 24 sourcing and producing stories on a bespoke web platform.

Other participating newsrooms include The Chronicle and The Journal in Newcastle, the Huddersfield Daily Examiner and the Teesside Gazette.

Neil Benson

Neil Benson

Mentors have been assigned to offer training in skills such as critical thinking, story structure, writing news stories, writing to deadlines and using video and photography.

The best content will be published on the titles’ websites.

Neil Benson, Trinity Mirror’s editorial director of regionals, was approached by the Media Trust to establish the project.

He said: “We’re delighted to be able to give these young people a taste of life in the newsroom, which otherwise might not be available to them.

“They are a really impressive group and the work they have produced so far has been excellent.”

The project is scheduled to run until June.