This school workshop was developed by popular demand as a follow-on from Hold the Front Page or About Our School.
Students have been asking if they can go out and report on some real-life stories, so with careful planning and extra supervision we can spend part of the day out and about in nearby towns or villages finding news to report on.
The topic of the stories are carefully chosen and our team will have already pre-arranged some appointments at groups that meet in the day. For example we could visit an animal sanctuary, a playgroup, a sewing group, a lunch club, U3A activities etc.
This workshop gives students the chance to call on the listening and note-taking skills they have already learnt as well as developing their confidence, as they are in a new situation. They need to take an interest, and gain an understanding of a public group or organisation, which enables them to broaden their minds and increase their understanding of the world around us.
When the stories are written up we can email them to the club or organisation, and maybe print them off to be displayed at the club. This is great publicity for the school too and we can write a press release for the local paper – they might be interested in a story about junior journalists!!