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Big Book makes the news

Children in an education action zone are to benefit from reading a Newspaper Big Book to help their literacy.

It was produced with the help or staff from the Leigh Reporter in a joint venture with teachers and business in the area.

The Big Book is a concept which enables children to sit together with their teacher and share the same book during their literacy hour at school.

The book on newspapers was produced with content drawing on the expertise and information available at the Newspaper Trail and Resource Centre based at Lancashire Publications in Wigan.

The Martland Mill publishing centre in Wigan is also home to the Wigan Observer, Wigan Reporter, Leigh Reporter, St Helens Reporter, and The News.

Resource centre manager Mike McLoughlin said: “The book is aimed at primary school children. They can come here to talk about the newspaper process or they can look at it at school.

“The Big Book covers newspapers, looks at what makes up a front page, like mastheads, captions, the price and adverts, compares tabloid to broadsheet and looks at how pictures and news actually get into the paper.”

The centre has been providing tours for primary schools, high schools, colleges, community groups for eight years.

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