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YOUNGSTERS are becoming the journalists of the future by making their own newspapers at school.

Children at St John’s CofE Primary in Gosport devote a day in the year to one topic which the whole school gets involved in.

(left to right), Hannah Kendrick (seven), Katie Dewey (eight), and Rebecca Fuller (nine).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150172-2) PPP-150402-171008003

(left to right), Hannah Kendrick (seven), Katie Dewey (eight), and Rebecca Fuller (nine).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150172-2) PPP-150402-171008003

And yesterday, it was journalism.

Children looked at newspaper and magazine journalism and what people might write about.

Mia Hiron, 10, is in Year 6. She said: ‘It was fun because it gave us a chance to do things.

‘We could see what it’s like to be a journalist. It gave us a chance to do that.

‘I like writing because you can show your imagination.’

Lara Kinch, 10, also in Year 6, said: ‘All the things were fun to do.

‘I like writing because it’s better than maths.

‘It’s fun, especially when you are writing a story.

‘Newspapers are important because they tell you what’s happening in the world.’

Oliver Gamble, 10, added: ‘It’s great and it’s entertaining. I like reading and I can get so much out of newspapers.

‘It’s great to make them. I like writing because I get lots of things in my head and I want to write it down and make a story.’

One group of children went to the Wave 105 radio studios, while another paid a visit to the media centre at St Vincent College in Gosport.

The school had visitors from the RSPCA, the police, firefighters and the Royal Navy and the children had to think about the types of breaking news stories they might be involved in.

The children went on to write their newspapers and are starting a school newsletter.

Deputy headteacher Carolyn Wilkinson said: ‘It’s about everybody across the school working together.

‘Every group is doing something based around journalism.

‘We wanted the children to have an opportunity to work together across the school and to do something that is aspirational and inspirational and makes them realise there are things outside their own world in school.

‘They absolutely love it. They were very excited about it. It’s always a successful day with outstanding learning.’