Teenagers launch own news and picture agency

A CAREER in journalism is often chosen at an early age, but two Aberdeen teenagers – both 14 years-old – have gone one step further than simply harbouring dreams: they have launched themselves as a news and picture agency.

In a media release issued today, Nathan Adam and Scott Campbell, have announced themselves as NND Scotland, “a news site and photo wire dedicated to reporting on national Scottish news and imagery”.

What’s more, they have already had their photography work picked up by the media, including by The Scotsman, the BBC News website, The Deeside Piper and The Donside Piper.

And a website – nndscotland.com – already full of originated content and subbed media releases has also been launched. A previous website, Net News Daily, carried – says editor and chief photographer, Scott – carried around five new stories a day, depending on school commitments, and attracted in the region of 50,000 unique visits per day.

For the last year, Scott and Nathan have been scoring some audacious interviews from around the world, but have chosen now to concentrate their efforts in Scotland.

Continued Scott: “One that stands out is an interview we did with a person who hacked into Twitter last year, which was a big story at the time. We were the first to get the interview and lines from it appeared on Sky’s website.”

The pair are joined by two colleagues – Kyle Thornton, aged 15, and Conor McKay, aged 18.

Nathan is a pupil at Robert Gordon’s College, while Scott attends Alford Academy.