Budding young journalists get to work

BUDDING young journalists met their deadlines and produced their own newspaper just in time.

The Worle Community School project involved a group of Bath Spa trainee teachers working alongside year nines at the Redwing Drive site.

The university teachers had already visited The Guardian’s headquarters in London and taken part in a workshop on the development of a daily newspaper.

They then designed and ran the project for the Worle students, who they helped research, write, edit and publish articles about the latest events in the school and the community.

Their research included interviews conducted with staff and their fellow students and Charlie Butler and April Wilcox took photos to accompany the stories.

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The resulting newspaper had four main sections, news and politics, lifestyle and arts and culture and sport, and, like all good 21st Century publishers, the students produced an online version too.

The youngsters also had a visit from the Mercury’s own chief reporter Charlotte Richardson, who pointed them in the right direction when it came to meeting deadlines and the editor having the final word.

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The paper was edited by student Abbie Courtney and designed by Jake Smith, Ben Currow and Harry Tucker.

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