Article taken from NAACE newsletter:
Making The News, created and hosted by the Regional Broadband Consortia, allows pupils to research, write and publish news reports, interviews, articles and flash-blogs online. With advice and tools to create fully designed ‘newspapers’ and tips on writing styles, Making The News encourages creativity, communication and literacy skills.
For the first time ever, the RBCs have launched ‘The Making The News National Competition’. The competition aims to showcase the best budding journalists in schools throughout the UK by giving pupils the chance to write their own news material based around ten categories. The categories range from, Best Local News Story and Best Field Trip to Best Personal Story and Best Overseas Report.
Schools can register in November and enter their news stories from the 5th to the 16th December via the MTN competition website.
The competition has been designed by the RBCs to support lesson activity while encouraging enhanced, extended creative learning experiences. There are three age bands to give pupils of all ages equal chance to shine in their chosen category; Age 10 and Under, 11 to 14 Years and Age 15 and Above.
Jeff Howson, Making The News project manager, explains; ‘Making The News is a fantastic resource which all schools can get involved with. The competition will be the ideal time for people to join in. Pupils who use the resource find many different benefits, from increased confidence after interviewing people, improved research and communication skills to collating and presenting information at a professional standard. Seeing their work published online also provides a real sense of purpose which is an excellent motivator and adds to pupils’ enthusiasm and imagination.’
Schools can submit individual or small team entries for all categories, which are required during December for judging in January 2006. The winners will be announced at BETT 2006 and prizes include individual awards and hardware/software prizes for schools.
Making The News is free to use and the competition can be accessed at http://mtncomp.e2bn.net