Eight school pupils got their hands on the tiller at the Belfast Telegraph when they got a chance to edit the paper.
The teenagers spent five days at the newspaper, as part of a special campaign on Northern Ireland’s young people.
The likes, loves, hopes, aspirations and fears of 16-24-year-olds was the focus of a week-long editorial crusade.
The campaign kicked off with an exclusive opinion poll that revealed that two thirds of Northern Ireland’s young people want to build their future outside the Province.
The eight school pupils wrote a string of articles after carrying out a round of interviews and other activities.
Included on their schedules were interviews with First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, a visit to a parliamentary committee, interviews with local sport stars, a day with the Lord Mayor of Belfast and a trip to the top of Harland and Wolff’s famous Samson and Goliath cranes.
They also got a peek behind the scenes of Belfast’s Titanic tourist attraction and a top theatre as well as compiling news stories, video reports, vox pops, blogs, fashion reports and much more.
The eight were guests on Stephen Nolan’s BBC Radio Ulster show to discuss their week in the media and the results for the Belfast Telegraph opinion poll.
They also got the the chance to edit the paper with the students – four boys and four girls – getting access to all the decision-making meetings.
Editor Mike Gilson said: “What we printed on that day was largely what they have chosen across news, features and comment.”