A positive showcase for schools and colleges

Hartlepool Sixth Form College students Charlotte Barker (far left) Laimis Narsutis (second right) and Jordan Thornhill (far right) look at copies of the college's Brinkburn News with media teacher Sally Pickford and Mail assistant editor Gavin Ledwith
Hartlepool Sixth Form College students Charlotte Barker (far left) Laimis Narsutis (second right) and Jordan Thornhill (far right) look at copies of the college's Brinkburn News with media teacher Sally Pickford and Mail assistant editor Gavin Ledwith

OUR series of articles to mark Local Newspaper Week continues with a look at our work with schools and colleges.

GAVIN LEDWITH reports.

HARDLY a day goes by without the Mail showcasing the achievements of local schools and colleges.

Nor are all these positive stories strictly academic.

Pupils also give up their spare time to support a host of charities and other worthy causes.

Then there is the countless sporting successes illustrated in our weekly Youngstars sports supplement.

The Mail also offers schools and colleges the opportunity to have their own newspaper published within the Hartlepool Mail.

The project involves experienced journalists working with students to produce a four-page pull-out promoting their individual school or college.

It helps improve pupils’ literacy, organisational and team-building skills while enhancing their knowledge of both the media industry and the wider world of work.

Copies are also delivered to participating schools and colleges as part of the deal so that they in turn can distribute them to feeder schools.

Hartlepool Sixth Form College, Peterlee’s Dene Community School and Hartlepool’s Manor College of Technology and High Tunstall College of Science have all taken advantage of the opportunity in the last year.

Mo Bunter, Hartlepool Sixth Form College’s director of faculty, said: “The students found the task to be challenging and highly rewarding and the college were very proud of the finished articles.

“Hartlepool Sixth Form College likes to set all students enterprising tasks that will help them to develop skills that will enhance their employability alongside providing them with opportunities that will aid their progression to the next level and this project did that.

“It is a project that we will do again next year.”

Joanne Henderson, vocational co-ordinator at Dene Community School, added: “Our students thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Dene Times news project.

“It gave them great insight into the job roles involved within the media, an appreciation of the world of work and the importance of deadlines.

“The students benefited immensely from this project as it challenged their creativity and literacy skills, making them consider the everyday happenings in school and the wider community.”

Details of the project’s cost are available by contacting Dianne Playfor at the Mail on (01429) 239353 and further information is also available from Gavin Ledwith on (01429) 239383.

l TOMORROW: How a modern multi-media newsroom works.