Scoop! Junior press pack gets the inside story at YEP

MAKING THE NEWS: Pupils and staff from Primrose Lane Primary School are shown around the YEP offices by editor Paul Napier, back row second from left.

MAKING THE NEWS: Pupils and staff from Primrose Lane Primary School are shown around the YEP offices by editor Paul Napier, back row second from left.

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Budding journalists got a behind-the-scenes look at life in the newsroom when they visited the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Children from Primrose Lane Primary School in Boston Spa were taken on a tour of the famous Yorkshire Post Newspapers building on Wellington Street as part of a project about the media.

The year three pupils, aged seven and eight, were shown around by YEP editor Paul Napier, had their photographs taken and were given a talk on how stories are put together by deputy editor Brian Nuttney.

The visit inspired seven-year-old Lucy Morgan, who said: “I’ve enjoyed it. I would like to be a reporter, or a photographer – or an editor!”

The group have been doing a project on newspapers as part of their literacy lessons.

They have looked at the roles of people in the industry, written application forms for jobs in the press and written up their own reports on Sport Relief.

Deputy head teacher Gill Wales said: “We thought it would be a really good idea to show them what it’s actually like inside a newspaper office.

“It’s so exciting for them to be able to meet the editor.

“They are getting lots out of the project and learning so much about how hard it is to actually put a newspaper together when you’re working to tight deadlines.

“It has really motivated them to write for a real purpose – not just for the sake of it – and taught them how to make a story exciting.”

Mr Napier, who took a grilling from the youngsters during a question-and-answer session, said: “We were delighted to welcome pupils from Primrose Lane to our newsroom to show them all the elements that go into producing a newspaper every day.

“They have clearly been working very hard on their own newspaper project and showed a real interest in life in the newsroom.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to see one or two of them back here for job interviews in a few years time.”

PIC: Simon Hulme

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