Young new­shounds get in­side scoop

Marlborough Midweek - - FRONT PAGE - PAULA HULBURT

Some spe­cial vis­i­tors have been given a valu­able glimpse of life in a busy re­gional news­room.

Year 4 and 5 pupils from Ra­paura School vis­ited the Marl­bor­ough Ex­press of­fices last week to get a be­hind-the-scene­speek at how the news is put to­gether.

The group of en­thu­si­as­tic young­sters were given the grand tour of the news­room as part of a school-wide project.

The team will use what they learned on their visit to pro­duce their own news­pa­per - The O’Dwyer Ex­press.

The bud­ding new­shounds stopped to chat with re­porters and also called in to see the pho­tog­ra­phers and ad­ver­tis­ing team at work.

Re­porter Jen­nifer Eder kept the chil­dren cap­ti­vated by writ­ing their names in short­hand.

‘‘I re­ally liked the short­hand - that was like a se­cret code, very cool,’’ says year 4 pupil Libby Se­nior

Teacher Chris Valli who joined the chil­dren on their trip says the project came about as part of the school’s in­quiry learn­ing through so­cial sciences.

‘‘My class liked the idea of a class news­pa­per af­ter I had come back from Dunedin af­ter see­ing the Ed Sheeran head­line ‘Sheeran the Love’ in the Otago Daily Times - which was pretty cool!

‘‘The chil­dren came back re­al­is­ing that print is in­deed a form of me­dia.

‘‘Some of them thought it was cool that when we looked a the homepage of the Ex­press [on Stuff] it can show the data or num­bers of how many peo­ple read the head­line and or parts of the story,’’ he says.

Pupils have been as­signed var­i­ous re­port­ing rounds and will tackle teacher and com­mu­nity pro­files as well as writ­ing sports pro­files and re­ports.

Valli says the first­hand ex­pe­ri­ence helps make the learn­ing process more au­then­tic.

‘‘A big part of the school’s in­quiry is to pro­mote ‘stu­dent agency/voice’ and al­low the stu­dents to take con­trol of their learn­ing through the bal­ance of teacher in­put or ‘fa­cil­i­ta­tion’,’’ he says.

Year 5 pupil Wil­low Mal­com says she en­joyed see­ing how to crop pho­to­graphs.

‘‘I liked the pho­tog­ra­pher, Scott, who showed us how to crop and edit pho­tos on the com­puter - even though he cut Mr Valli’s head off,’’ she says.

‘‘I liked all of it; was a cool and new learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ says Jude Fyfe-Stafford from Year 4.

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