Pupils to take on news role

Head­lines – The war is over

West Lothian Courier - - News - Deb­bie Hall

Lead­ing Armed Forces char­ity Pop­pyscot­land is call­ing on schools in West Loth­ian to get in­volved in an ex­cit­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

The char­ity has joined forces with STV News to launch an ea­gerly-awaited Learn­ing Com­pe­ti­tion for 2018 which calls on pupils from pri­mary 4 to S3 to pro­duce their own news story by imag­in­ing how they would re­port the end of World War One if it hap­pened to­day.

To mark the cen­te­nary of the end of World War One, Pop­pyscot­land Learn­ing presents its ‘Break­ing News: War is Over!’ 2018 Learn­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

Pupils are en­cour­aged to think cre­atively around modern-day re­port­ing tech­niques, which could in­clude record­ing a video, writ­ing a blog piece or putting to­gether a series of so­cial me­dia posts.

STV are of­fer­ing an ex­clu­sive prize for the win­ners of each cat­e­gory – a spe­cial visit to their stu­dios where win­ners can share their re­port with news an­chors and learn pro­fes­sional tips on how to make and present the news.

Pop­pyscot­land learn­ing and out­reach man­ager Isla Camp­bell Lup­ton said: “This year, Pop­pyscot­land’s learn­ing com­pe­ti­tion is a real mix of com­mem­o­ra­tion and re­mem­brance with a chance to bring a fresh per­spec­tive in this cen­te­nary year.

“‘Break­ing News: War is Over!’ sup­ports three of the big ques­tions which un­der­pin Pop­pyscot­land’s com­pre­hen­sive Learn­ing pro­gramme.

These are: ‘Why do con­flicts arise? How do they de­velop? And how are they re­solved?’

“Think­ing about how news has changed over the past 100 years works across the cur­ricu­lum and we hope schools will take up the chal­lenge, es­pe­cially given the spe­cial prize on of­fer.”

A spokesper­son for STV News said: “We are de­lighted to be in­volved with this year’s Learn­ing Com­pe­ti­tion from Pop­pyscot­land.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for pupils to try their hand at telling a com­pelling story us­ing a range of re­port­ing tech­niques and plat­forms.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing the win­ners to what we hope will be an ex­cit­ing visit be­hind the scenes at STV News. “Good luck to ev­ery­one tak­ing part.” En­tries to the ‘Break­ing News: War is Over!’ 2018 Learn­ing Com­pe­ti­tion will be judged across two cat­e­gories: Pri­mary (P4-P7) and Se­condary (S1-S3).

For more in­for­ma­tion on the com­pe­ti­tion, which closes on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7 please visit www.pop­pyscot­land.org.uk/learn­ing/ com­pe­ti­tion, or tele­phone Theresa Mer­ricks on 0141 338 6580.

Among the judges will be Pop­pyscot­land chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Bibbey and a se­nior news ed­i­tor from STV.

Win­ners will be an­nounced in May 2019.

It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to try story-telling

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