Budding young reporters were given the freedom of the Ipswich Evening Star newsroom as part of an open day at the paper.
Schoolkids from four high schools in the region travelled to paper’s office to be given the task of producing a four page newspaper to strict deadlines.
The winning team, picked by Star editor Nigel Pickover, was awarded a personal computer for its school.
The contest was the climax to a day of events organised by the Evening Star.
Earlier, the children had been taught some of the skills needed to produce their newspapers.
The young reporters attended a press conference to introduce the theme of their main story, which was then updated through the day.
As they took part in the challenge, advertising and production staff were on hand to ensure they got a fully rounded view of newspaper production.
The Evening Star’s Janice Kent, who organised the event, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for the schools involved.
“All work was completed on a PC and the front page was in full colour. The youngsters’ experience here will link in with a whole range of curriculum based activities.”
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