Journalism students are embracing what they have learnt to provide local news to the Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai community.

On July 31 residents tuned in to listen to the first segment of a new current affairs program on Triple H, produced and presented by James Elton-Pym and Declan Gooch.

“The local papers do a great job around here, but there’s certainly a lack of local current affairs on the radio. It’s a really valuable medium for news – hearing people’s voices can definitely connect you to them in ways print might not be able to,” said James.

James and Declan are both 19 year-old Ku-ring-gai residents and are currently in their second year of journalism degrees at the University of Technology, Sydney.

In their first show James and Declan interviewed Mayor of Ku-ring-gai Elaine Malicki about the rise of youth shop lifting in the area.

The two will continue to cover issues affecting the area and lighter news stories each week. Their aim is to talk to people from Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai and give the community a voice.

“We wanted to give people an independent source of news that took the time to look at the area they lived in more deeply,” said James.

Declan added: “We want to talk to as many people as we possibly can and give them a platform to voice their concerns.”

Although they are both still studying full-time, James and Declan are confident they will be able to deliver a quality news program each week.

Tune in to Triple H 100.1 FM and get your dose of local news from 9am-10am on Wednesdays.