Deputy First Minister visits Verbal School of Journalism

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness was impressed by the next generation of young journalists in his home city when he began his week with an official visit to the Verbal School of Journalism en route to Stormont.

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Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness visited the Verbal School of Journalism on Monday morning for a press conference revolving around young people's views on politics.

Mr McGuinness took time out of his hectic schedule to speak to our young journalists about political life, the importance of voting and how, after recent attacks on his home, he holds no fear, instead a relentless desire for peace and prosperity for Northern Ireland.

The Deputy First Minister addressed a wide range of issues including the need for greater female representation in politics, before departing for Stormont.

Leona O’Neill, Head of Verbal School of Journalism, said: "Our students learn through doing and we put them in front of the North's most influential and powerful people. They are journalists from the moment they come into our classrooms and get to do the real job of interviewing everyone from celebrities to the leaders of our country.

“The Deputy First Minister's visit was a prime example of how Verbal Young Journalists are the voice of their generation. They were able to ask the questions that matter to them and their peers to the people who make the decisions about their lives.

“Events like this help build confidence, motivate them to succeed, build their portfolios and widen their skills. We are most grateful to Mr McGuinness for taking the time out of his hectic schedule to inspire the next generation of Northern Irish journalists.”


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