Pupils from Glade Primary School, Brandon, ready to make their mark on the newspaper industry
- Credit: Sonya Duncan
They have their notebooks, pens and cameras ready and now these young journalists are ready to chase stories.
The first edition of the new publication from Glade Primary School in Brandon, called The Deer Times, is set to hit the classrooms before the end of term.
The youngsters were asked to submit a job application stating which newspaper role they would like to be considered for - journalist, proof reader, photographer, interviewer or artist (graphics).
Roles have been assigned and in total 32 pupils are involved with The Deer Times - with inspiration behind the name coming from the school's logo.
Charlotte Vincent, deputy headteacher at the school, said: 'We wanted to get the children excited about writing but in a way where all are engaged with it and excited without knowing it.
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'It is also getting them to be more involved with news and current affairs and engaged with the world.'
The budding reporters were visited by EDP reporter and photographer Rebecca Murphy and Sonya Duncan who answered questions about meeting deadlines, how to take pictures, interviewing techniques and the training needed to be a photographer.
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A post box will be set up in the school for pupils to submit their story ideas to the newsroom and school trips and sports matches will be covered in the monthly title.
Eight-year-old Oliver Trybula, who is a photographer, said: 'I decided to apply to the newspaper so everyone would know about Glade Primary School and they could read and get to know things about our school.'
Interviewer Lara Pickard, eight, said: 'I thought the school newspaper might need an interviewer and I really like asking questions and I am really good at asking things.'
So far it is Key Stage two aged pupils who are part of the newspaper but Mrs Vincent said she hopes eventually the whole school can get involved.
'I want all the children to be involved in every year by submitting a book review or a recipe,' she said. 'They are going to meet at lunchtime so all can be involved. I am hoping it will grow a bit and we can get the local community involved too.'