Pupils make a big newsroom splash

Pupils at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School look over their stories.
Pupils at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School look over their stories.

A hush has descended over the newsroom as the clock ticks down to deadline.

The loudest noise is the tapping of fingers on keyboards as the busy reporters file their copy.

It is familiar scene at any bustling media outlet, but this is a team of pupils working in a classroom at Queen Elizabeth Grammar in Alford.

The eager news hounds are writing stories on the issues of the day for the Young Journalist Academy website.

They are just some of the budding reporters learning media skills with the academy across the county.

After taking part in a news briefing the junior reporters are all busily working away on their chosen stories.

Rosa Smith, 11, was reporting the news of Saudi dissident Raif Badawi, sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for insulting Islam.

Rosa, who is hoping to work in television, said: “The Amnesty group in school organised a petition to try and stop him from suffering. We are not only learning about writing but also filming and recording interviews.”

Nature correspondent Freddie Dobbin was writing about the Chinese pangolin which is being hunted to the verge of extinction.

Freddie, who recently contributed an article about the new Skegness Aquarium for the YJA website, said: “You can write about what you enjoy and get a sense of pride from work being published.”

The Young Jounalist Academy was established in 2008 and currently works with more than 15 schools across the county.