Scunthorpe children win industry awards

Scunthorpe children win industry awards

Scunthorpe children win industry awards

A group of pupils at the Axholme Academy in Scunthorpe have been awarded a string of national media industry awards for their school paper.

The students, who have honed their news-gathering skills with support from tutors at the University of Lincoln, won prizes for Best Newspaper and Best Print and Design at the national Shine School Media awards.

The awards are judged by a panel of industry professionals, who praised the paper, Ax News, for its clean layout, engaging content and the professionalism of the publication.

Scunthorpe children win industry awards

The school has been closely involved with the School Newspaper Project for the last ten years.

The scheme which offers school and college students the opportunity to create their own newspapers with the help of professional journalists, journalism lecturers and undergraduate students from the University of Lincoln.

Newspaper days are held either at the school or the University of Lincoln campus.

These usually include a news meeting, press conference and workshops.

The completed papers are then printed by Mortons of Horncastle, who are partners in the project with the University of Lincoln.

The project is run by Tim Greenfield, Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Journalism at the University of Lincoln.

Discussing the scheme, he said:

“It is fitting that the Axholme Academy should win these awards in our tenth year of running this project, as they have been with us since the start.

“The academy produces two papers a year and hundreds of their students have learnt about journalism with us in the last ten years.

“Their papers are always full of engaging content and produced to the highest standards.”

Andrea Cox, who coordinates the project at The Axholme Academy, added:

“The School Newspaper Project has really benefited our students over the last nine years.

“The expertise from the staff and students at the University of Lincoln is invaluable and our pupils really benefit from the experience of working on something they can be proud of.”

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