Learn to know Newsnuggets in 4 minutes
What we do
Newsnuggets Network is a news site made for and by children, with the support of adult journalists. Our team of young reporters consists of boys and girls in years 5 and 6 at Barnes Primary School in London, UK, and children from our partner school Rusuzumiro in Rwanda. The network has also just expanded to include the International School in Istanbul, and we are looking forward to further schools to join us soon.
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 teacher-volunteers are helped with guidelines and material. All clubs work on a given issue of the month in parallel to the other groups (e.g., refugee crisis, US election etc.), in addition to self-selected themes. The clubs’ output in the form of articles or other media is professionally edited and published on the website. Please, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, if you want to know more.
How we work
At Barnes Primary School, Newsnuggets is run as a before-school club, 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.
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 overly 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 all content is Cecilia Ezaz-Nikpay (not an employee of Barnes Primary School). If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com
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Cecilia Nikpay and Pete Dickinson, parents at BPS and club coaches
Our fantastic reporters
Profiles based on interviews with each other (work in progress)
Akash became a Newsnuggets reporter because he wanted to make sense of the news he reads. He tells about himself that he was adopted at the age of two by his Swedish mother, who gave him an English father. He has now lived in three countries and can speak English, Chinese and a little bit of French. His favourite subjects in school are maths and sports. Akash really wants to go to America – but not to meet Donald Trump.
Emma is a Newsnuggets reporter because she enjoys learning about news and she is intrigued by what happens around her. Emma’s mother is from Hemel Hempstead near London in England and her father is from Northumberland in England. Her favorite subjects are Maths, English, Science, and Geography. Emma likes going out on trips and she says she really wants to go out to Buckingham Palace.
Ed is a Newsnuggets reporter because he really likes the news and he is eager to learn more about the news. Ed’s mother is from England and she grew up in London. His father is from Holland but he grew up in England, Spain and France so he speaks English, French, Spanish and Dutch. Ed’s favourite subjects in school are Maths and Philosophy. Ed really wants to go to Kenya – he even knows which place he is going to: an Elephant watch camp.
Alex is a Newsnuggets Reporter because she enjoys reading the National Geographic Magizine every month and enjoys watching the news. She is an animal lover (and expert!) and she loves to play tennis. She enjoys tennis so much that she got invited to the LTA (London Tennis Association) to film a short film for adults.
Alex’ favourite animals are: Geckos, Cougars/Mountain lions and Frogs. Whenever she goes away for the summer break, or in winter, she always looks for stuff to write about. She has two pet cats named Tula and Sabbie. After University, she would love to be a Zoologist because of her passion for animals. Alex comes from London in the UK (central). Her mum comes from New York in America and her dad comes from Swansea in Wales.
Hamish joined the press club because he loves writing. There is no journalist in his family but his parents have some journalist friends. Hamish loves playing tennis and cricket. He says the thing he is most proud of in sports is beating his tennis coach. If he could have a wish come true, Hamish says he would like to be the England cricket captain. When asked about the biggest embarrassment in life, he refuses to give an answer. Hamish is from England. His mum comes from Scotland and his dad from Ireland. Since some time, Hamish lives in Istanbul but continues reporting for Newsnuggets.
Josephine is a year 5 Newsnuggeter. She has a gigantic interest in horses. She even has her own (called Rusty)! Josephine joined Newsnuggets because she loves writing about the events in the world around her. The club helps her to improve her creative writing skills. If she could wish for one thing and for it to come true, she would wish to become an international 3-day eventer (show jumping, dressage and cross country). Her idol is Pippa Funnel (a woman who has competed in the Olympics and the Badminton 3 day Event). Her favorite activity is to go on long hacks (a fun ride when no one is walking on the ground) riding her pony Rusty with all of her stable friends in Bushy Park by Hampton Court Palace.
She absolutely loves the trips Newsnuggets provides. Her favorite trip, so far, was to the 2017 Commonwealth Service. Josephine got especially exited when she saw herself on TV in the evening! She has also been to the Houses of Parliament. Josephine is originally from Sydney, Australia, but moved to London when she was 3. Her mother is British and her father is Australian. Whenever she goes on holiday, she looks about to find something to write about. Her favorite topic to discuss is Science & Tech.