Thursday 2nd December 2010 by C. Freeman
Students could see their articles in print after taking part in a journalism course. The project, run by Corby Reads, involves students from Brooke Weston, Lodge Park and Corby Business Academy.
A total of 33 from Brooke Weston have signed up. They have already taken part in a one-day writing workshop with a second scheduled for later this term. All the students will submit 150-word articles and the best will earn its author a behind-the-scenes visit to the Evening Telegraph offices. The stories should also appear in the newspaper or on its website.
Mr Steve Bowkett, who writes educational and children’s books led the first workshop while former newspaper editor and communications manager, Mr Simon Deacon, will speak to students at Brooke Weston on 10 December.
Sue Dixon from Corby Reads which promotes literacy among children and young people said: ‘The first session was thinking about putting pen to paper. The second will get students thinking about what makes an article newsworthy. They will then tweak their articles before they are sent to an independent judge. Hopefully they will be published and the winning writer will have the opportunity to spend time with the journalists at the Evening Telegraph.’
Teacher Mr Wilson said: ‘The students were taught the dos and don’ts of journalism. Some are writing about the new Cube, others are tackling issues like the size zero debate or how teenagers are treated in Corby and Kettering. It is teaching them the skill of being able to convey as much information in as few words as possible.’