I had a fantastic day at Sheet Primary School last Friday working with a group of twelve children on journalism. I used to be a journalist. I told them what it was like, how to write a press release, how papers worked and how important sticking to deadlines really was.
Then they got to work.
Did they work hard! From 11.00 in the morning until 3.00 in the afternoon, they prepared a press release on their own Olympic Sports Day they had held that week. It was fun. They came prepared with quotes, having interviewed some of the children, parents and teachers.
We had teams working on the content, results, photographs, and title. Then we swapped around. We wrote the press release together, didn’t worry about spelling mistakes, just made sure the content was right. Then we went over it all and reviewed the work. Did a bit of editing. Guess what? They made the deadline by about one minute.
Watch out in the Petersfield Herald and the Petersfield Post for their reports.
With thanks to everyone who worked so hard and made me feel so welcome, especially to Karen Parish who is probably one of the most enthusiastic teachers I have EVER met.
Well done. I think the children learnt some good lessons and I just want to keep on doing more workshops, more workshops and even MORE workshops.