Nick Parks had set his heart on being a journalist but at the age of 11 he was too young to get work experience on a newspaper. He did the next best thing. He started his own on the web.
Now Nick is 16 and has retired, closing down Rubery Village at the same time. In five years he had built up to a staff of 17 volunteers, all of similar age.
The story of the web site is told by journalism.co.uk. Last year the site had nearly a quarter-of-a-million page hits and Nick saw off a complaint from MP George Galloway.
Nick said: “Everyone in the team was moving on at the same time, and it had become such a mammoth task to manage it all, so instead of letting it drift we felt it was better just to close it down.”
Visitors to Rubery Village (it is near Bromsgrove in the West Mindalnds) are now greeted with an announcement that it is closed but there is still access to the old news.
I hope Nick’s ambition to be a paid journalist survives the next stages of his eduction.