Sun beats Mail in race for student

The Sun nipped in ahead of the Daily Mail to steal postgraduate student Heather Browne for its journalism scholarship scheme, writes Jean Morgan.

The paper flew her from Leeds to London for an interview with editor Rebekah Wade.

Browne, 23, editor of Leeds Student, a magazine for all universities and colleges in Leeds, was all set to sign up for the joint Daily Mail/Press Association subbing course. But when it heard about it, The Sun acted swiftly. She had already had an interview with deputy editor Fergus Shanahan, assistant editor Dominic Mohan and Linda Christmas, director of the postgraduate newspaper journalism course at City University.

“I had pretty much accepted verbally the Mail job,” said Browne. “When The Sun offered me a second interview, I told them about the Mail offer and they were quick to get Rebekah on the phone. I flew to see her last week and she persuaded me.”

The deciding factor for Browne was that she would be doing both reporting and subbing.

She starts on the City University nine-month course in September and has a two-year contract with The Sun.

Jean Morgan

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