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Teachers: working with journalists

Journalist volunteers show pupils how news is exciting and important, highlight its capacity to hold power to account and inspire the next generation of young news makers!

Showing pupils what real journalists do on a daily basis, volunteers bring the NewsWise unit of work to life. They offer insight into working in a newsroom and share expertise and tips to help pupils produce their own news reports.
For our children opening them up to different jobs and surroundings is really valuable so to have a 'real life journalist' speaking to them was amazing for them.
NewsWise teacher

Journalist support

As part of the NewsWise package, there are two ways you can incorporate real journalists into your learning journey. You can take advantage of either of these opportunities:

  • A virtual journalist Q&A; pupils pose their questions about journalism and the news in a “press conference” with a journalist via video link.

  • NewsWise Ambassadors; your class is matched with a student journalist. Working with your class during the unit of work, Ambassadors provide regular support and opportunities for your pupils to talk to a journalist. As well as offering insight and journalistic expertise, they can provide editorial feedback on pupils’ work.

These opportunities are available to schools taking part in the full NewsWise package. Find out more about taking part in NewsWise.


All NewsWise volunteers will have attended safeguarding training, and been vetted by the NewsWise team. All volunteers are required to read and sign our safeguarding policy. Volunteers are not required to have DBS certificates while all volunteering activity is virtual. A teacher must be present with your class at all times during volunteer interactions.

Journalists will be accompanied by a member of the NewsWise team during the Q&A. Ambassadors attend a thorough training session before working with your class. A member of the NewsWise team will ‘drop in’ on at least one session with your Ambassador.

We loved speaking to Teresa - the children were buzzing about being able to speak to a *real life journalist*. Teresa answered our questions with clarity and humour - it was a really enjoyable session!
Year 5 teacher
Hillbrook Primary School
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