Pupils Become Junior Journalists

Ten pupils, one week, 11,000 words and 16 pages; that in a nutshell is the latest edition of Fearns Chat.alt

Every year since I started working for myself, I have spent a whole week at Fearns Community Sports College, Stacksteads, producing the school newspaper.

The paper is A4 size and packed with information about school life for the whole year. The pupils who participate discover information they never knew about their school. It is a tough week, they have to work hard and on their own initiative, but they produce an amazing product that they, and the school, can be rightly proud of.

After putting up with me for five days, the school paper is finished, stories written, photographs taken, pages laid, proof read, corrected and sent to the printer. No mean feat.

Fearns Chat is now the only flagship publication for the school, because the pupils do such a good job.


Besides spending a week in a high school, I have also helped to run a major community event Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival, which attracts thousands of people.

Business wise I have had a month of school news with 11 stories for Haslingden High School alone. These include and amazing magician who performed tricks in front of the head and completely astounded him.

Other students have raised money for good causes, one ran a concert while others completed a sponsored walk at midnight. A show jumper gained a silver medal in a European competition while a golfer won a county competition just after finished a GCSE.

Haslingden has not been the only busy school and Whitworth Community High School also made the press with a number of stories including a female footballer being picked for Manchester City and runner beating the adults in a traditional race.

As well as producing Fearns Chat, I also wrote about the school being chosen to pioneer an interview initiative with the Rotary Club and a literacy trip to Blackpool Zoo.

JJO hit the headlines with a charming story about an employee whose son is Down's Syndrome and they helped raise money for a local support group and the company's sponsored football team's success.

The latest VIC News has been produced for June and I joined the veterans on a couple of fun and very wet team building activities at Hollingworth Lake. Two news stories also made the headlines: one about an allotment project and the second about a 24-hour vigil for the Battle of the Somme.

Ad hoc jobs include renewing the photographs and wording for the prospectus and brochure for Thorn Primary School in Bacup and working for returning client Citizens Advice to celebrate the charity's volunteers. I also covered the Hyndburn Business Awards presentation and will be completing further follow up stories on the Enterprising Person winner and finalists.

I was the only journalist to stay up through the night to report on the result in Rossendale for ther EU Referendum and - the electorate voted to leave. Lastly my relaunched book The Sophie Lancaster Story is selling incredibly well in the UK, America and Australia. I have been interviewed by Blog Talk Radio in New York and have a further interview with a Canadian Radio Station next month.

All cuttings are on my Facebook business page.

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