As part of the College Activities and Wellbeing Programme, students have the opportunity to take part in Newsquest’s Young Reporters Scheme again this year.
Twenty students enrolled on the scheme in September, which involves committing to write eight 250-word articles on topics of their choice over a period of seven months. Alongside this, Newsquest offers them advice and guidance on their writing, and on Friday 29th February the students had the opportunity to go to Newsquest’s newsroom for a mentoring session and a talk on the working life of a journalist.
Diana Jarvis, who heads up the Young Reporters Scheme, said of the students: “They were brilliant; they asked lots of questions and participated fully in the session.” She added: “Completing a scheme like the Young Reporters is a huge commitment and something they should all be proud of.”
Some of the students who went, such as Dani Dodman (in the Lower Sixth studying A Level English Language & Literature, Biology and Maths) and Alyssa Gobin (in the Lower Sixth studying English Literature, Physics and Geography) are interesting in pursuing journalism as a career, whereas others such as Louis Walshe (on the Intermediate Programme studying BTEC Level 2s in Business, Public Services and Travel & Tourism) take part to improve their writing and research skills. All have benefitted from Newsquest’s input and have seen their work published in on-line newspapers.
Watch out for more of their published articles over the coming months.