Wokingham Times journalists visit youngsters at Highwood SchoolBy Jon Nurse
September 25, 2012
Mini newshounds quizzed reporters and learned some tricks of the trade during a visit from The Wokingham Times.
Year Three pupils at Highwood Primary School in Woodley were visited by journalists Jon Nurse and Hugh Fort as part of a literacy unit on writing adventure and mystery stories.
The pupils leafed through the latest issue of the paper and found some interesting stats and stories before learning about what it was like to arrive at the scene of a hot story.
Teacher Howard Seymour said: “The children gained so much from it. They are really looking forward to writing their own mystery stories.
“It was great for them to speak to journalists about how they gathered information. They came up with some really interesting questions and really liked learning shorthand.
“They went home and read articles in the newspaper and really liked all the puzzles at the back.”
The little writers unleashed a host of interesting questions for the journalists.
Joshua Payne asked Mr Nurse why he wanted to be a journalist, to which the 25-year-old said he loved the variety of chasing different stories.
Sahil Ali delved into a real mystery – how do the pictures get into the paper? ‘Do you cut out photos and stick them on to the page?’ he asked.
Daania Alam asked why the newspaper was printed on a special paper and Metin Koc asked which mystery had been Hugh Fort’s favourite.
The web editor said still got excited when mysteries unravelled as he discovered all the gritty details.
The pupils’ reporting skills will be put to the test again this week as they will be first on to the scene of a major Woodley mystery.