Students nominated for Journalism Awards
Head of Year Mr. Ahmed has some great news to share as our students showcase their great writing skills.
I would like to share some great news about a group of 13 Year 9 students who took part in a Journalism Project organised by Mr. Antipas.
The students completed a series of journalism workshops in which they learnt about the world of journalism, reporting and the media. They began by beginning to understand what news actually is, what constitutes news and the reasons why we have news. Importantly, students gained an understanding of fake news and what not to do when putting together news pieces.
In subsequent workshops, the group began to research local issues, affecting Stoke-on-Trent which they were going to write a story about. A broad range of issues was researched from roadworks to domestic abuse. Information was obtained from local authorities such as the police and Stoke-on-Trent City Council via freedom of information act requests, which the students then used to put together their articles.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we were unable to get articles 100% finished and published in outlets such as The Sentinel/Stoke-on-Trent Live. Nevertheless, four students (Bilal, Hasnain, Ruby and Sidonie) were nominated for awards.
Hasnain and Bilal were nominated for Best Scoop, and Ruby and Sidonie were nominated for Best Article Idea whilst the group as a whole were praised for their maturity and enthusiasm throughout the workshops.
Well Done to all of the students who took part;
This is fantastic ‘news’ and the Academy are really proud of your dedication, commitment and hard work. I would also like to give a huge shout out and thank you to Mr Antipas for putting in a lot of time and effort in organising this project so that the students could benefit.