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Behind the Headlines

Make a local newspaper front page: virtual workshop

A 40-minute virtual workshop followed by resources to help your students create their front pages.
Virtual: Make a local newspaper frontpage
Ages: 11-18 (Y7 - Y13)
Minimum students: 15
Maximum students: 35
Timing: 40 minutes online delivery during your timetabled lesson. We also provide pre workshop local news research and post workshop material. Students will need lesson time after the workshop with computers so they can produce their 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.
  • 100% of teachers said the workshop has increased students' understanding about how news stories are constructed and produced.

  • 100% of teachers said the workshop has increased the students understanding about roles in journalism.

  • 100% of students said as a result of the workshop they now understand how news stories are constructed and produced.

  • Virtual: Technical requirements and registration

    Virtual sessions will take place securely using Zoom. 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 provide full availability for the class you wish to book for in the comment box to help us schedule bookings, and any additional information to help us consider your booking request. Without this we may be unable to offer a workshop to your organisation.

    Please note we have limited availability of all workshops and will give priority to schools that have not previously had a workshop, particularly state schools with high numbers of pupils on free school meals.
    The workshop was brilliant and the presentation was excellent. The 5 ws and the information about research and structure is vital for the coursework. It holds a lot more weight coming from someone who works in the media. Students really enjoyed the session.
    Chelmer Valley High School
    I liked the part where we had to guess what was happening through two photos. This was important in making sure that we had a full rounded perspective of an incident before making an assumption.
    Year 10 Student
    King Edwards VI College
    Speaking to someone working in the Creative Industries has opened students' eyes to potential careers. Furthermore, this has helped our Year 9 students to see the real-world relevance of the transactional writing they complete as part of our curriculum.
    Furness Academy
    Registered charity: 1153865