Testimonials

Uphill News

Once again, ‘Paper in a Day’ was a great experience for all the children. They learnt about thealt history of newspapers and used some of the jargon. When it came to deciding on jobs, each child had a responsibility and took it very seriously indeed. They worked well as a team and produced a fantastic-looking newspaper. Thanks to Catherine for a brilliant morning.

Mrs Holt

Class 3 teacher Sharneyford Primary School

Paper in a day was great! We learned lots of new things and every one of us got to write about things we wanted to write about. We even got to pick the name of the newspaper. Everyone loved it! Thank you.

Alice

Paper in a day was an exciting experience because you got a proper insight of what it would be like as a reporter and it amazed me with how much fun it is! Thank you for an amazing day Catherine. It was a lot of fun and I hope to do it again.

Georgina

Haslingden High School

Press and PR coverage for Haslingden High School and production of Haslingden Highlights

I have worked with Catherine personally since September 2012, although she has been employed by Haslingden High School for 3 1/2 years. Since I began working with her, I have found her to be approachable, friendly, patient and highly professional in her approach and interactions with both students and staff. We have established a very workable and easily manageable routine (in terms of time), that ensures that we have featured heavily in the local press, namely Lancashire Telegraph and the Rossendale Free Press, over the years.
 
Catherine and I meet at a set time fortnightly, face to face, and in the interim, we use a paperless Google system whereby staff can submit news and stories to Catherine and I. When Catherine comes into school, we arrange the staff and students for interview based on the submissions on the form. Catherine interviews colleagues and students, takes photographs if necessary, and has the articles back to us for proof reading usually the same day. Catherine uses her contacts and professional judgement to decide whether the article is press worthy, or is an article for our school website. Most articles are also published on the local 'About my Area' website too. Her articles are well written and our press coverage, especially since we established the form submission system, has been superb.
 
Catherine supports us to identify which news pieces are then relevant for our bi-annual internal school magazine'Haslingden Highlights.' Catherine organises the layout and publishing of this entire publication. When I arrived at the school in September, I was dreading the job of arranging the press......but working with Catherine has been easy, useful and interesting. She takes away all the stress of chasing up news and writing our own features.
 
I would recommend her without hesitation.
 
Gill Smith
Deputy Headteacher

War Time Terror

The newspaper day that Catherine came to do was, probably, the best school day ever!
She started by telling us about some of the history of newspapers, then Catherine gave us about 10 words to do with newspapers and we had to work out what they meant e.g. a Snapper is the Photographer. First we picked a name for our newspaper, War Time Terror, then we all decided who was doing what and who with. Me and a friend did a wartime crossword, other people did articles about bombs, tanks, artillery and the German invasion.
By lunch time we had finished all the articles and it was also time for Catherine to go.
Later that week she sent us the finished paper. It was amazing what we had all done together in a few hours. Catherine was brilliant at teaching us about newspapers and we were all very happy with the results!

Holly

Year 6 pupil at Northern Primary School

'Writing for a purpose' is always more inspiring, especially when related to an exciting topic such as World War 2. What a wonderful 'resource' to access then in writing our very own WW2 newspaper, was journalist Catherine Smyth!

The enthusiasm of the children during the morning's workshop was remarkable; the delivery being pacy, interactive and FUN! Our task had a deadline! WW2 Newspaper to be ready for editing by 12.00 and printed by 2.30. Without exception, every child remained on task throughout.

As a teacher, the concern always is: What are the children learning? Through Catherine's careful planning of her workshop, using the National Curriculum, many of the objectives for speaking and listening, reading and writing were covered. The delivery was multi sensory using artefacts too in explaining and instructing. There was even differentiation in task, dialogue and resource so all children were able to access the activities, with further opportunities in extending the able children.

The delight was in our finished newspaper, which included reports that had been planned, researched, written and presented using ICT, by every one of our children. It certainly was a team effort.

Without Catherine's guidance and expertise, we certainly could not have produced such quality product.

As Harry left the classroom that day he said to me... 'Thanks Miss for inviting Catherine. It's been one of my best days ever!'

Karen Taylor

Year 6 Teacher Northern Primary School

 

Valley At Work

"Catherine worked on all the news stories for Rossendale Business Awards 2012. Not only did she capture what it was all about, she got excellent coverage in the local media and facilitated an excellent relationship between Valley at Work and the Rossendale Free Press. I have no hesitation in recommending her services."
Service Category: Writer/Editor
Year first hired: 2012
Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

Rob Carder, Chair of Valley At Work organisers of Rossendale Business Awards

 

Fearns Chat 2012

fearns chatpic webOur annual production of Fearns Chat is something I look forward to all year.  Catherine works with a group of pupils for a week, teaching them about various aspects of a journalist's work and helping them to design and produce Fearns Chat.  She draws out the pupils' talent, creativity and also their confidence: pupils clamour to be part of Fearns Chat each year!  Thanks, Catherine.

Rebecca Roach
Literacy Coordinator
Fearns Community Sports College

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