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March 12, 2008

From mobile to front page: Journo student makes a splash

By Dave Lee STD

The key to making a name for yourself in local newspapers? Find some naked men!

It’s a tactic that has worked wonders for journalism student Robyn Brooke, whose quick-thinking has landed her a front page splash on the Lincolnshire Echo.

‘I was in my room when I heard lots of people running and shouting outside, I looked out the window and saw a naked guy running with horse manure in his hands,’she said.

‘I grabbed my phone, shouted for my friends and dashed outside – I was still in my slippers.”

The men in question formed part of the University of Lincoln Rugby Union team.

‘I knew they had been dared to do it because their friends were watching with us and laughing at them. After about 10 -15 minutes a big police car came and they were taken away,’recalls Robyn.

After all the excitement had calmed down, Robyn started to plan what she could do with her snaps.

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‘I didn’t think the Echo would be interested at first, I was just taking pictures for the fun of it and to laugh about it with my friends. It was a pretty funny anecdote. But back in my house I suddenly thought: ‘Why not just see if the Echo would want them?'”

‘I was so nervous, having to say to the Echo that I had naked photos!”

The pictures appeared on newsstands all over the county the very next day.

One of the pictures Robyn Brooke took with her mobile

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