School News

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Parent feedback

My 11 year old son Shaun came home from school buzzing with enthusiasm after announcing he'd been a journalist for the day. I discovered his class had a visit from our local Journalist Catherine Smyth. We could see how inspired he was from the session with Catherine. He couldn't wait to tell us about his experience, describing how he had worked with a team of journalists (his peers); their mission: to assimilate information on an interesting topic by interviewing children and staff, along with taking photographs for the news article. He loved it! Clearly his experience promoted his confidence in writing and communication skills. He was fascinated to hear about Catherine's professional experiences, and wanted to know more about Journalism and writing. Children often like to see the purpose of learning. The session encourages this, since it gives them a great opportunity to see the results of their work produced as a newspaper article.


JANUARY I began afterschool clubs at two Bacup schools, Northern and Britannia, to produce 16-page newspapers over 8 sessions to be ready for sale at the end of the Easter and Summer.

Coal Clough Academy from December 2016 to July 2017 I produced an A4 4-page newspaper with students at the end of every half-term - Coal Clough News.

JUNE I produced the eighth Paper in a Day at Sharneyford Primary School entitled Sharneyford News.

Fearns Chat was produced with the school's Head Girl Molly as my assistant. The 2016 paper won BEST COMMUNITY INITIATIVE at the national Shine School Media Awards

AUGUST I ran a News Day at Wonderful Things and worked throughout the summer holidays with Youth Volunteers on the Wonderful Things Project to produce an eight-page celebration paper of the six weeks' of activitity.

Termly papers at Britannia and Northern have commissioned for the Autumn term.


DECEMBER I produced a Paper in a Day at Britannia Primary School in Bacup entitled Britannia Gossip and a Paper In a Day at Coal Clough Academy in Burnley.

AUGUST I produced the second Wonderful Times to celebrate the incredible fortnight of activities. Wonderful Things is held at St Mary's CE School, Rawtenstall. An eight page A4 paper was produced with the help of youth volunteers who wrote the copy.


JUNE I spent a week in Fearns Community Sports College to produce the 16-page A4 school newspaper Fearns Chat. This paper has made it through the first round of the Shine Media Awards.

APRIL I ran my first News Day where children at the Wonderful Things extended hours sessions immersed themselves in the world of newspapers. I then took their hard work away with me and created a four page A4 newspaper as a celebration.

JANUARY I worked with Class 3 at Sharneyford Primary School for the seventh time to produce Sharny Express.


AUGUST I produced Wonderful Times - an eight-page A4 newspaper about the Wonderful Things Summer School at St Mary's CE School, Rawtenstall. I spent two weeks working with the youth volunteers.


JUNE I spent a week at Fearns Community Sports College to produce the annual school newspaper Fearns Chat. She worked with an excellent group and they produced a fantastic 16-page paper to reflect what has been happening in school. The paper contains nearly 11,000 words and the pupils got to design pages as well and decide on subject matter, carry out interviews and take photographs. Feedback from pupils - it gave them confidence, improved punctuation skills, they learnt things about school they didn't know, they enjoyed interviewing and the 'freedom' the week gave them. They all enjoyed working as a team.


JANUARY - I had a fantastic time at Sharneyford where the class of just 16 worked really hard to produce the Sharney Moor - a four-page school newspaper in a day.

The head Mrs Holt said: "Thanks Catherine. It looks great - as usual."

The pupils said it was something different and interesting and they liked learning new words


School News - a literacy project that makes learning FUN

Ask a child to do a literacy lesson and they may roll their eyes, ask them to produce2009_0406pix0017 web their own school newspaper and suddenly writing no longer seems such a chore.

Catherine Smyth has developed a range of bespoke programmes designed to bring those literacy lessons to life.

In a fun learning environment the pupils produce an exciting end product - their own newspaper.

The paper is written in their own words, they write about what interests them and what they love about school. Their names appear as bylines on their work and they get to take their own photographs.

They become junior journalists for the day!

Paper in a Day

sadia webThis is a hectic, fun one-day programme leading to the creation of a four-page newspaper. In primary schools this is an A5 paper and in high schools a four-page A4 paper is produced.

The day project has been carefully developed to provide the pupils with knowledge about journalism and the role of newspapers, while also boosting their literacy skills.

Catherine works with staff to lead the newspaper lesson for half a day and then uses professional software to transform the pupils' words into a paper ready for the school to print in house. Cost from 140 pounds.

Paper in a Week

trio webCatherine Smyth has developed a programme for primary schools and high schools to create a 16-page school newspaper in a week. This programme has also been tailored for Carers Contact in East Lancashire to produce an 8-page A4 paper over a series of sessions.

Balladen Express was the first School News in a Week project at a primary school and in just one week the children aged 4 to 11 produced a 16-page A5 paper.

Catherine has also run successful School News in a Week projects at Fearns Community Sports College resulting in a 16-page A4 paper Fearns Chat.

The week's events are led by Catherine and at the high school students also get the chance to design their own news pages using professional software.

Contact Catherine Smyth Media for a bespoke newspaper programme for your school or organisation.