YOUNGSTERS were given an insight into the broadcast journalism industry this week when they got to interview a former boxing world champion.

Outwood Academy in Shafton launched The Edit, a digital programme aimed at schools in low income areas to help improve students’ digital literacy.

Year seven pupils got the chance to interview boxer-turned-pundit Johnny Nelson, and presenters Angellica Bell and Emma Paton.

Cruiserweight king Johnny told the Chronicle: “When I was at school we didn’t have anything like this - it would have been great to learn about careers outside of what my parents did.

“Before I got into boxing I didn’t think it was a possibility for me until my coach showed me that the boxers I looked up to were just like me.

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“So often we put people on pedestals but I wanted to do this because I grew up in Sheffield nearby, my life was pretty normal and I wanted to show these kids that you can do anything you set your mind to.”

The Edit gave pupils the chance to improve their digital literacy and media skills while being introduced to careers they may never have known about.

Student Alex Tiggardine said the experience helped her understand more about different careers.

“I was really excited because I was put in the shoes of someone in the working world.

“It’s made me think about different jobs and what I might want to do.”