Ten-year-old shows off writ­ing skills and creative tal­ent in com­pe­ti­tion to find fu­ture jour­nal­ists

7 Days in Dubai - - ROOKIE REPORTER -

ood re­porters have their fin­ger on the pulse, their ear to the ground and a nose for a story. They know what mat­ters to peo­ple in their com­mu­nity and will do their best to raise the is­sue.

That’s ex­actly what we were look­ing for when launch­ing the 7DAYS Rookie Re­porter com­pe­ti­tion.

And we found more than one, as young­sters aged be­tween seven and 12 showed off their writ­ing and edit­ing skills, while many showed an eye for creative page de­sign too.

It was a tough call for the 7DAYS panel of judges to work through the en­tries to se­lect a win­ner.

But af­ter care­ful scru­tiny, the in­au­gu­ral 7DAYS Rookie Re­porter is Janah Adasi (pic­tured). Her win­ning en­try is fea­tured on page 7. Janah, 10, who at­tends Dubai In­ter­na­tional Academy, high­lighted air pol­lu­tion, writ­ing a re­port urg­ing par­ents to start car­pool­ing on school runs to cut down on traf­fic and pol­lu­tion. Janah said: “Thank you 7DAYS for giv­ing kids a chance to be jour­nal­ists. It’s an op­por­tu­nity for us to re­ally ex­press our­selves and write about is­sues that mat­ter to us. The en­vi­ron­ment is some­thing I am pas­sion­ate about and I am glad I won so I can raise more aware­ness". 7DAYS Ed­i­tor Barry King said: “We were over­whelmed with the en­tries, but Janah’s en­try stood out be­cause not only did she raise an is­sue, but her page de­sign looks very much like an au­then­tic 7DAYS front page.”

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