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Create Junior Journalists

In our fast-paced society it is important that young people know how reliable sources of news are constructed, learning how to identify bias and unreliable or misleading information in its different forms.

Being part of a news community and reporting real news from their own community will support students to understand the concept of sources, the purpose of reports and the role of journalism in society. Recognising the structure and techniques used by newspapers, including the function of headlines, lead paragraphs, quotes and images not only equips children with the skills to be critically literate news readers, but gives them a foundation to write their own news reports.

First News School Newspaper Club

Our new First News School Newspaper Club pack provides a handy guide to starting a student-led school newspaper. 

Part One: Starting a School Newspaper is an introduction for teachers and covers curriculum benefits and practicalities. It also considers what to report and introduces students to press ethics.

Part Two: Junior Journalist Guide is for pupils. It helps students learn and improve reporting skills, interview techniques, headline tricks and lots more to encourage budding young reporters. Explanation pages unpick different text types found in a newspaper and these are followed by activities for students to practice these ideas and skills.

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School Newspaper of the Year Awards

First News launched the School Newspaper of the Year Awards to celebrate the impressive efforts of school newspaper teams around the country, dedicating time in lessons, at lunchtime and after school to investigate, write and report their school news to their community. Setting up a school newspaper is a rewarding project, needing teamwork, discussion, decision-making and leadership.

In conjunction with regular news-reading, it inspires and nurtures an essential understanding and appreciation of the role news plays in democracy around the globe.

“The Stretford Chronicle didnt even exist a year ago, and now it is a huge success. In just six months we have created five phenomenal editions engaging with topics that affect the school and the world. We weren’t afraid to tackle many of the complex issues we face in our world today, such as climate change, animal cruelty, feminism and equality, and mental health.”

Year 10 student, Stratford High School, Secondary School Winners 2018-19

Creating Junior Journalists

Using First News as a model for journalistic writing techniques.

Portway Primary School, in London, have created their school newspaper using the journalistic techniques they have learnt from First News.

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