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Newsday whets the appetite for journalism

Pupils from Whalley Range High School in Manchester got a taste of newspaper life at an event in Lancashire.

The students took part in a “newsday” at Edge Hill College of Higher Education in Ormskirk, designed to prepare them for the launch of their own school newspaper.

Led by Peter Butterfield, former editorial director of the Lancashire Evening Telegraph and first year journalism tutor on Edge Hill’s BA (Hons) Journalism degree, the pupils produced a newspaper to deadline.

They did all the research and writing themselves and also had the opportunity to design and produce pages in Edge Hill’s industry-standard digital newsroom.

  • 14-year-olds Natasha Wilson, Tosin Akindele, Sarah Warrington and 15-year-old Yousra Amar in Edge Hill’s newsroom
  • Whalley Range High School is one of eight institutions in the North West participating in The Enterprise Project, a Manchester Metropolitan University scheme funded by the North West Development Agency.

    The project aims to develop “entrepreneurial learning” – helping teachers introduce pupils to the specific skills of the market awareness, financial planning and risk-taking associated with starting a small business.

    The students will be responsible for conducting market research, creating a business plan and securing funding in addition to the process of writing, designing, producing and distributing the paper.

    Edge Hill’s Department of Media and Communication has links with the Enterprise Project through Tony Turjansky, the programme leader for journalism at Edge Hill. He is also seconded part-time to Manchester Metropolitan University’s Institute of Education as Enterprise Advisor to the partner schools.

  • 14-year-old Whalley Range pupils
    Naomi Racz and Melissa Leighton
    -Johnson at work on the Newsday
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