How the School Newspaper Project works
We give students an experience of working in a busy newsroom, producing a real newspaper
“A worthwhile experience that has given us a great insight and invaluable skills for the rest of our life. To experience the living room for the students and all the options was eye-opening. I thoroughly enjoyed the day!”
Chloe Sephton, Year 9, St. Bede’s Catholic Voluntary Academy, Scunthorpe
Each newspaper day is tailored to your school or college and we can include activities that you would like form part of the day. The ultimate aim is to give your students real journalism experience producing a newspaper that they can be proud of!
The project can take place at your school or in our newsrooms at the University of Lincoln. Usually we work with between 25-30 students and these are usually selected from all years (usually KS2 only in primary schools) – again this is flexible.
Our team, which usually numbers 6-8, will include journalism tutors, professional journalists and undergraduates. We will hold a news conference where story ideas are discussed. The students are then split into smaller groups who will then work with the journalists on their stories. Some will help students with photographs for the pages. As stories are finished the students then assist in the production of the pages using Adobe Indesign software.
During the morning we usually hold a press conference with the head teacher or another member of the senior management team, in which students ask questions about the stories they are writing and use the comments in the articles.
Your students will decide which is the best story of the day to go on the front page. They may also decide on the name of the paper too. The rest of the day is spent finishing the pages and checking for errors. Talks, presentations, shorthand tuition and news quizzes may also form part of the day if time allows.
Your paper (between 1-2000 copies) will be printed by Mortons of Horncastle, once the pages have been agreed by the school. We are generously supported by Mortons of Horncastle and the University of Lincoln.
Finding stories for your paper
A good newspaper should inform, entertain, educate, excite and challenge its readers, so the stories you gather should reflect one or more of those characteristics. Here's how to find news stories.
Researching and writing a story
When you have your story idea(s), there's a few steps you can follow to researching and writing your story in the best possible way.
Newspaper Day checklist
To help you and us, and to ensure the day runs smoothly, we have put together a checklist based on the experience gained over the 100 school newspapers already completed.
Your pupils will get first hand experience of how newspapers are made. They will work with real journalists and use industry equipment to produce their own work.