Young newshounds get inside scoop
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.