Bancroftians Make Headlines

<p style=”text-align: center;”><img style=”vertical-align: top;” src=”images/stories/guardian_visit_web.jpg” alt=”guardian_visit_web” width=”352″ height=”330″ /></p> <p>On March 26, thirty Removes and L4s visited <em>The Guardian’s </em> HQ in Kings Cross. Previously they had competed in a journalism contest organised by the School: the prize for the best entrants being a day seeing how the professionals put a newspaper together.</p> <p>They were given the job of putting together their own newspaper front pages. They had to set the news agenda: what stories would <em>The Guardian’s</em> million readers wake up to, and how were those stories to be presented? Students took on all the key roles of a newspaper and working to stringent deadlines they had to keep their pages up-to-date as stories continued to break and develop during the day. Once the students had written the stories, they had to check them for flow, punchiness, and correct grammar. The end result of the day was a professional printed A3 copy of every student’s front page.</p> <p>An unexpected bonus was a chance to put their interviewing techniques into practice when Shadow Education Secretary Stephen Twigg stopped by to watch the children at work. Although he started off asking about their work, the pupils, like true journalists, grabbed the opportunity to ask the politician about one of the top stories in that day’s news: Conservative supporters paying for dinner with the PM at no 10.</p> <p>The Assistant Editor of <em>The Quad </em>George Hames, who helped out on the trip, said: “It was great to see everyone working together towards their own newspaper. There are some excellent journalists in this group and we can’t wait to see what they send us for our next issue.”</p> <p style=”text-align: center;”><img src=”images/stories/guardian_visit_2_web.jpg” alt=”guardian_visit_2_web” width=”484″ height=”345″ /></p> <p style=”text-align: center;”> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p>

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