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Behind the Headlines

Feature and opinion writing

Ages: 15-18
Minimum number of students: 15
Maximum number of students: 35
Delivery method: virtual 60 minutes

Students will discover how features and opinion articles differ in style, pace and structure from news stories and go on to devise, research and plan a short feature or opinion article inspired by a current news story.

We will provide pre and post workshop resources including a feature or comment page template. Students will go on to complete their piece after the virtual session.

Technical requirements and registration

Sessions will take place securely using Zoom. Due to limitations in virtual delivery, we are only able to connect with one classroom at a time and cannot connect with students’ personal devices. After the sessions students will need computer access to produce their article and complete their feature or comment page. 

Please note we have limited availability and will give priority to state schools with above average free school meal rates.

Please ensure you provide full availability (days and times) for the class you wish to book for in the comment box to help us schedule bookings - without this we may be unable to offer a workshop to your organisation.

Resources to support this workshop

The workshops has allowed for students to gain further contextual knowledge around the media and the process of developing news stories. It was engaging and challenging! Many thanks for two fantastic sessions.
Bede Sixth Form College, Stockton-on-Tees
It was very informative and the useful feedback allowed me to reflect on my work more effectively.
Eastbury Community School, Barking
The students got a huge kick out of using the Guardian's template which added to their feelings of accomplishment once they had written out their pieces.
Comberton Village College, Cambridgeshire

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