Teens work to deadline for school newspaper

Students at Mid North Christian College have been busy cramming - that is fitting their news into a media publication.

The Year 8 class of teacher Scott Nestor designed and filled the edition with everything from cartoons to weather reports to current affairs.

Teams of "editors" and "graphic designers" worked with their laptops on the project for Newspaper Day as part of their media studies.

Principal Nigel Bennett said the work had been part of the English unit for the first time.

"You are talking about shaping culture. The whole idea is to help kids understand the process is about sharing what is going on in the world," he said. "The medium has changed. In shaping the story, you do actually shape people.

"Whether it is a book, digital or a movie, the only way you can understand that is by doing it."

Teacher Mr Nestor said 15 students aged 13 and 14 years old had been involved in the editing and graphic design of an electronic newspaper. He said the students had looked at news, sport, current affairs, entertainment, quizzes, advertising, weather reports and political cartoons.

"Every student has done a cartoon," he said displaying one that featured United States President Donald Trump enforcing his controversial border policies.

Mr Nestor said it was good culturally because the children got together on the project as a team to boost morale.

Graphic designer Hamish Scott, in his article for the edition, argued the merits of legendary American basketballers Shaquille O'Neal and Michael Jordan.

"I argued that Jordan was the best," he said.

In another room under the guidance of teacher John Pop, a group worked on sport and entertainment coverage.

Student Betuel Cocea devoted his attention to a movie about the Crusty Demons motorcycle daredevils.

"They do tricks," he said, adding that he had watched the preview for the movie.

Budding reporter Tarnee Donnon interviewed the school's physical education teacher, Brett Middleton, about his role as a member of the Australian team for Ultimate Frisbees.

Editor of The Recorder Greg Mayfield earlier hosted the children on a tour of the newspaper office, in Mary Elie Street, and created a "front page" featuring an image of the class.

He looked forward to seeing the students' journalistic work, saying he was impressed with their approach to the task. The media is a fast-moving industry with opportunities for students and graduates who can think quickly and have good literary skills. Are these the future editors in the papers, social media, radio and television of tomorrow?

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