DOZENS of future journalists have taken part in a training day to prepare them for a special project providing coverage of the Commonwealth Games.

Around 40 youngsters attended the Future News 2014 training day held at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, which will be their base for the next few weeks.

The aspiring reporters, who are made up of a mixture of school, college and university students, will work in a simulated live newsroom environment and provide online and broadcast coverage of the Games. Their work will be accessed by young people from across the Commonwealth who will edit, interpret and produce content for their local audiences.

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Cameron Richardson, 17, a student from Hyndland Secondary School, said he wants to have a career in sports journalism.

He said: "It will give me a chance to feel what it's like to be a real journalist."

Future News 2014 is being led by Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council in partnership with the British Council, broadcasting company Tinopolis Interactive, the Herald & Times Group and Thomson Reuters. One of the programmes director's, Tom Thomson, who is also managing editor of the Herald & Times Group, said they were "hoping to inspire the next generation of editors and journalists".

The group had the opportunity to listen in to a live conference call between Paul Ingrassia, managing editor for Reuters, and the news agency's editorial team.

Karen Cunningham, chair of Future News consortium and head of Glasgow Libraries, said: "It's been the most remarkable day. It all came together so well."