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Behind the Headlines

Make a newspaper front page workshop for secondary students

This workshop is currently not being offered for September 2022
Ages: 11-18
Maximum number of students: 35
Delivery method: virtual
Timing: 40 minutes online delivery + pre workshop local news research and post workshop lesson time with computers so pupils can produce newspaper front pages

During this interactive workshop students will gain the skills and resources they need to create a newspaper front page highlighting stories from their community. They will take on the roles of both reporters and editors and choose, research and write local news stories. They learn how stories are structured and presented and how the news is made.

After the 40 minute workshop, students will go on to write reports and produce their newspaper front page.
We will provide post workshop resources including newspaper templates.

We can also support schools that want to run this workshop as part of a whole year group enrichment activity.

Technical requirements and registration

The session 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 workshop, students will need computer access to produce their local newspaper front pages.

In signing up for a workshop, we require all teachers to perform a test of the delivery platform in advance. More information will be provided upon booking.

Please note we have limited availability and will give priority to state schools that have not previously had a workshop.

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

Thank you again for the opportunity to have this workshop. I feel it was a great lead into newspapers, which is probably the most difficult of all the GCSE Media units.
Commonweal School, Wiltshire
Several of our students are interested in careers in the media and it was great to hear from someone working in the sector and to find out about all the different types of jobs involved in producing newspapers.
Keswick School, Cumbria
I liked that it gave me an opportunity to see the thought process behind the news and it was very educational.
Sweyne Park School

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