Basingstoke young people print their own newspaper
December 27, 2011 by Gareth
Young people in Basingstoke have been given a taste of the world of newspaper production after the printed and sold their own newspaper recently.
Pupils at St. Mary’s Junior School have formed a team of reporters who are working on a school newspaper to be produced every half term. This project is not only helping students to develop academically, but it is also giving them a valuable insight into the world of journalism and digital printing.
Basingstoke Gazette reported that the paper is on sale in the school for 30p per issue and that the students have already sold over 200 copies of it. The Gazette also spoke to Matthew Hayden, one of the pupils behind the paper. The nine-year-old commented on the school paper, saying:
“We interview people, and everyone is in charge of different things. We choose a subject, so I did sport and a Year 5 topic about spies. We write on the computer and then the article gets taken off with a memory stick and printed.”
Projects like this one could give students a real taste for what it is like to work on a live print publication, with deadlines, investigations and interviews all being part of the mix. School newspapers are far from a hobby and are often taken very seriously by prospective employers when previous experience is stated on a CV. Of course, the junior school pupils are far from using their experience to secure a job, but being in involved with the paper will certainly stand them in good stead for the future.