Last chance for Ju­nior Jour­nal­ist en­trants

Com­pe­ti­tion: To­mor­row is the dead­line for en­tries

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - jm­ck­e­own@the­ Jack mcke­own

The race to be­come to­mor­row’s top re­porter is hot­ting up.

The Courier’s Ju­nior Jour­nal­ism con­test starts soon – and the dead­line for en­try is the end of to­mor­row.

Open to all pri­mary schools in The Courier’s cir­cu­la­tion area, Tay­side and Fife, the free pro­ject chal­lenges young­sters to de­sign their own front page.

There’s £5,000 for your school to be won and the theme of this year’s event is “fake news”.

With 22 classes, Forthill is the big­gest pri­mary school in Dundee. Nearly 70 of its P6 pupils will be tak­ing part in Ju­nior Jour­nal­ist, mak­ing them the largest group to have en­tered so far.

Rachel An­der­ton is one of two teach­ers who will be in­volved in the com­pe­ti­tion. “This is my first time but my col­league Gill Mcirvine has taken part be­fore and says it’s a re­ally good pro­ject,” she ex­plained.

“The kids love imag­i­na­tive writ­ing and they’re ex­cited about the fake news theme of the com­pe­ti­tion – they’re all to­tally bonkers about Don­ald Trump.”

Rachel and her class have thought of how they’re go­ing to tackle the theme.

“We’re go­ing to look at Old Dundee – Jute, Jam and Jour­nal­ism. We’ll take an old story such as the Tay Bridge Dis­as­ter and write a fake news story about it.

“The chil­dren can write all sorts of fake news about whose fault it is, the peo­ple be­ing blamed for the dis­as­ter and peo­ple try­ing to save their own skin. What’s re­ally nice about it is they have to blend fac­tual re­search into an ac­tual event with imag­i­na­tive writ­ing.”

Ju­nior Jour­nal­ist runs ev­ery two years.

There is a pot of £5,000 for the classes that come up with the best front pages – £3,000 for the win­ners and £1,000 for the two run­ner-up classes.

This can be spent on any­thing the class feels would ben­e­fit the school, from tablets to com­put­ers and cam­eras – the choice is yours.

Once reg­is­tered you will be sent a Ju­nior Jour­nal­ist 2018 Class Pack.

This con­tains in­for­ma­tion on the pro­ject, com­pre­hen­sive teacher notes, a poster, some great class­room ideas and news ac­tiv­i­ties.

Each pupil will also get their very own Ju­nior Jour­nal­ist ac­tiv­ity book.

In ad­di­tion, your class will re­ceive copies of The Courier de­liv­ered to your school once a week for six weeks.

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