Newsnuggets Network is a news site made for and by children, with the support of adult journalists and professionals. Our network of young reporters consists of boys and girls in several schools in the UK, and in Rwanda and Turkey. We are looking forward to further schools joining us.
Newsnuggets is a free co-curricular school club. By taking part in weekly sessions, children aged 9-15 develop into independent, young reporters who contribute content to the website. We aspire for all participating children to gain the confidence, intellectual skills and hands-on journalistic experience required to approach “grown-up” news, and to feel empowered to engage in the world around them. Beyond acquiring concrete knowledge and insight through discussion, interviewing, research and writing, Newsnuggets offers an important opportunity to learn some of the soft-skills that characterize successful people; the comfort to join in a discuss on any current topic, and a feeling of being entitled to take part in the decision making process as a matter of course.
Any school or community group can join the Newsnuggets Network. Participating coach-volunteers are helped by us with guidelines and material. A parent, teacher, or anyone else who is passionate about bringing journalistic skills and insights to children can take the initiative. The clubs’ output in the form of articles or other media is edited and published on our website. Please, contact anyone of the club coaches listed below, if you want to know more.
How we work
Newsnuggets is run as a before or after school club, about 45 min per week. We discuss what is going on in the world and the children choose to write about topics that the group feels are important and of general interest, or which are particularly intriguing to them. There is much to learn: How to use sources, how to structure an article, how to use quotes, and how to interview are only a few of the things we incorporate into the sessions.
Knowing that most journalistic work takes place via interaction with the real-world, we try to get out as soon as we can. May it be for interviews in the street, visiting a polling station, hearing a talk at the Science Museum, visiting the BBC or Houses of Parliament. Any trips are at the discretion of the individual school’s management. We always try to work closely with them so that whatever we do radiates to as many children as possible in the school community.
Common Everybody – Extended school partnerships
Newsnuggets works together with Common Everybody, a platform for children from different countries to interact and build friendships on a one-to-one basis. For schools who are interested in engaging more children than those participating in a news club, or for those schools who want to deepen and enliven an already existing partner-school link, please, contact Alison Hawksley (below) for more information.
The news club invites the children to a learning process, where the journey is as important as the published article. Sometimes our young reporters may over-rely on a source they have uncovered while practicing research, or they have had adult input to further their thinking and writing. Due to the time restraints and the evolving nature of this project, we apologize if any sources and images have not been quoted or annotated correctly.
Responsible for the running of the clubs, and for the content of their group(s), are the coaches at each school.
Newsnuggets has no religious or political affiliation. We work to support an objective, scrutinizing approach to news, and for an inclusive, tolerant society.
Please, do not hesitate to contact us for more information
- Pete Dickinson – Barnes Primary School – email@example.com
- Alison Hawksley – Rwandan schools, Common Everybody Partnerships – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Patricia de Mesquita – St Osmund’s – email@example.com
- Cecilia Nikpay – General Inquiries, St Thomas’ School, Belmont School – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emily Owen – MEF Istanbul – email@example.com
- Theo Tait – Barnes Primary School – firstname.lastname@example.org
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