Youngsters inspired by reporting masterclass

Katie Upton visited St John Vianney Catholic Primary School in Blackpool to talk to pupils about journalism.
Katie Upton visited St John Vianney Catholic Primary School in Blackpool to talk to pupils about journalism.
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YOUNG writers have been inspired to search out scoops and become Junior Reporters for The Gazette.

Education reporter Katie Upton visited St John Vianney’s Catholic Primary School, Blackpool, yesterday to teach youngsters what it takes to be a journalist.

Katie Upton visited St John Vianney Catholic Primary School in Blackpool to talk to pupils about journalism.

Katie Upton visited St John Vianney Catholic Primary School in Blackpool to talk to pupils about journalism.

The children learned about the all-important Who, What, Where, When and Why and thought about photos to accompany articles during the hour-long session.

The Year Six pupils looked at copies of the newspaper to find out where news comes from and thought about how they can dig out stories.

And from charity fundraisers to sporting achievements to local issues the 60 children came up with an interesting array of stories to report on.

Kalvin Mokaeya, 10, interviewed his classmates about fundraising activities in school and helped friends to think of issues they could report on.

He said: “I learnt that stories come from everywhere, you can find out important things.”

Katie, who was a member of the old Gazette Junior Press Club when she was 10, talked to the class about what inspired her to be a journalist and the variety of stories she writes for the paper.

Caleb Barker was inspired to search out his own stories and is now looking forward to joining the Junior Reporters club.

The 11-year-old said: “I enjoyed learning about journalism and finding out what stories you get to do.

“I’d like to write about crime maybe, and action stories, because then people can be wary about stuff.”

Nicole Rain, 11, perfected her interview technique while talking to friend Erin about the time her auntie was caught in a building fire in Blackpool.

She said: “I enjoyed when we asked questions and got tips on being a journalist. It’s made me feel like I want to be a journalist because I’m really nosey as well.”

Children aged between seven and 14 are invited to join The Gazette’s Junior Reporter club, launched yesterday.

The club allows children to write about what interests them, including news from their community, a music or travel review or a sports write-up, to be printed in the paper.

The club is free to join, simply fill out the application form below then get writing!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A REGISTRATION FORM

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