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School children given tour of The Reporter's newsroom

PUBLISHED: 15:48 11 May 2011

Greenacres Primary School vist the Kentish Times news room to find out about journalism

Greenacres Primary School vist the Kentish Times news room to find out about journalism

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Inquisitive primary school children grilled the Times' journalists for their project which will see each of them produce a news report.

Nine children from Greenacres Primary School and Language Impairment Unit, in Witherston Way, Eltham, visited the Kentish Times offices in Sidcup for a tour and explanation of how news is made.

Journalists based at Roxby House produce titles including the Bexley Times, Bromley Times and The Reporter newspaper, which covers Dartford, Gravesend and Swanley.

The pupils aged seven to nine, who are in the school’s Gold Class which helps those with language impairment, asked why articles are printed in black and white, where the paper gets printed and who owns the business, during the visit as part of Local Newspaper Week.

Emmanuel Ige, eight, from Plumstead, said: “We got some information and we met all the people. I liked looking at the pictures. I had a lot of questions which the reporters answered.”

Monday marked the beginning of Local Newspaper Week which is a celebration of the strength of the local press in the UK. This year’s focus is on how newspapers champion their communities and galvanise their readers into action.

After the visit Cameron Francis-Verrell, seven, from Woolwich, said: “I want to be a reporter because it is fun. I liked finding out about news.”

Language impairment teacher Melanie Hill, who has taught at the school for nine years and led the visit, said: “It is brilliant to be here and the tour was very informative. It has really helped with us with our project called What’s in the News.

“We will be making our own newspaper and filming a news report where the pupils will all get a change to read. We have already filmed a weather report to go with it.”

Levi Bent, eight, from Abbey Wood, added: “It is cool because we got to read the newspapers and look at them.”

News Editor Michael Adkins said: “Our team was happy to welcome the children in to our newsroom.

“They all seemed very interested and asked a lot of questions, a key part of being a journalist. I wish them all the best with their news report and hope the visit was some use.”

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