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