THERE’S been a great response to the launch of our search for young newshounds this week.
We are on the lookout for youngsters – aged between seven and 14 – to write for the Fylde coast’s number one newspaper.
Many years ago The Gazette had an army of young junior reporters who all took up their pens and notepads and wrote stories on a whole host of topics.
And now IT’S BACK!
Whether you want to be a journalist or just love writing stories we want to hear from you.
Has something happened in your local neighbourhood which you think readers of The Gazette would like to know?
Has your school team won a big game or have you or your friends done something which deserves a write up?
Or perhaps you want to write about your grandparents. Why not interview them and write about something that has happened in their lives.
Our new Junior Reporter pages start in The Gazette next month and we want as many young writers as possible to feature.
Gazette Editor Jon Rhodes explained: “All children love to write stories and so we want to give them the chance to show off their talents across the Fylde coast by featuring their reports in The Gazette.
“I clearly remember the first story I ever got published in my local newspaper. It was five lines about a police dog visiting a school.
“Twenty five years on I still recall the buzz I felt when I saw my report (titled ‘It’s a Fur Cop’) in print.
“It sparked an interest in writing which has stayed with me. I still proudly have that first cutting... so does my mum!
“From there I wrote sports reports about my school team and eventually got a job on my local paper.
“We know a number of schools – several who have visited The Gazette offices – are doing projects about the media.
“The interest and enthusiasm is amazing and so we thought it would be perfect to start a Junior Reporter’s Club and give youngsters the chance to see their work in The Gazette.
“And our junior reporters can literally write about anything they want to... even police dogs!”
To join the Gazette’s Junior Reporter’s Club could not be more simple.
All young writers have to do is complete the registration form to the right.
We will send you your very own Junior Reporter’s Press Card. All we ask in return is you start writing.