Giving their Voice to journalism

Budding young journalists at De Aston School gained some invaluable experience to help them into their chosen future career path when they took part in a workshop led by CPO Media Deputy Editor Simon King and Creative and Media Apprentice from VOXX magazine Roisin King.

The introduction to print journalism covered editorial bias, article structure and interview technique, giving the students a good basis to start producing material for the school’s annual newspaper ‘The De Aston Voice’.

The 16-page publication was produced last week over the course of one day, with the help of lecturers and volunteers from the School of Journalism at the University of Lincoln.

Students discussed their story ideas and started gathering information and photographs beforehand and on the day itself, Year 10 students Poppy Smith, this year’s Voice editor, and Rebecca Garbutt, deputy editor, worked alongside senior lecturer Tim Greenfield to recap all the stories, come up with some new ideas and lead the group.

“It’s been a tough experience, yet interesting to step up to the role,” said Poppy.

“It has provided me with a buzz of the insides and outs of journalism; I am proud to have done it.”

Jennifer Watson, Rebecca Garbutt, Poppy Smith and Arren Doughty each received gift vouchers for making the most outstanding contribution to the De Aston Voice and are pictured above with headteacher Ellenor .