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Sister weeklies create junior newspapers to help schoolchildren at home

Junior versions of weekly sister newspapers have been produced in a bid to help schoolchildren learn more about journalism.

Ayrshire and Clyde Weekly Press, which is part of Newsquest, has run an eight-page supplement across its titles this week in a bid to help parents who are schooling their children at home.

The supplement mimics a full paper and features activities including a blank front page, pictured below, which allows pupils to create their own splash.

Production of the supplement, which also contains other activities and advice related to journalism inside, has been led by chief reporter Tristan Stewart-Robertson.

Junior Clydebank

Versions of it have appeared in the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald, Ayr Advertiser, Cumnock Chronicle, Irvine Times, Clydebank Post, Helensburgh Advertiser, Dumbarton Reporter, Renfrewshire Gazette and Barrhead News this week.

Paul Fisher, managing editor of Ayrshire and Clyde Weekly Press, told HTFP: “We know how hard teachers and families are working right now to keep up remote learning.

“That’s why we want to help out with this special Junior Reporter edition – and maybe show a little bit of how we do our jobs too.

“A special thanks to Tristan for his hard work on this project, it shows a real passion for passing on vital knowledge of local news to the next generation

“Thanks also go to the advertisers who have supported this project across our titles in what is undoubtedly a very testing time.”