Budding journalists end up making the news themselves

A MORPETH-BASED magazine by young people for young people has scooped a national accolade.

Journalists of the future from King Edward VI School successfully applied for funding to launch the first magazine in the county for any high school student to contribute to last September.

Student Review contains articles about school events and activities, as well as opinion pieces on a variety of topics.

And the KEVI News Team’s work has impressed the Diana Award organisation as members have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence.

Editors Martin Waugh and Samantha Wright were the driving force behind the publication.

Martin said: “There’s a lot of people interested in journalism at our school and as we didn’t have a student newspaper, we believed it was time to set one up.

“There were an abundance of students willing to be involved, including some from Prudhoe High School and Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham.

“Although it was a bit stressful when making sure everything was done in time, I really enjoyed my role.

“It has developed my management and people skills and I’ve become more confident as a person.”

Samantha added: “We encouraged contributors to write about what interested them in a way that would appeal to fellow students.

“It was a great experience and I’ve learned that one day I would like to be a newspaper editor.”

The team received funding from a range of sources, including the Northumberland Youth Cabinet.

Angus Kirk, who will take over as editor in September as Martin and Samantha are off to university, has already made a name for himself after winning the Amnesty International Young Human Rights Reporter of the Year competition.

“Being part of Student Review has helped to develop my writing skills and I can’t wait to become editor, which will also look good on my CV,” he said.

“Hopefully we can expand the magazine by getting more schools involved.”

The Certificate of Excellence is in recognition of young people who work together in groups to improve their communities, organisations or schools.

The KEVI News team was nominated by the school’s Student Voice, Leadership & Enrichment Co-ordinator Victoria Najafi.

She said: “Student Review is a fantastic publication and we have been delighted to receive contributions from young people from other high schools in the county.

“We have many aspiring journalists in the school and in the county and their publication has greatly impressed professional journalists regionally and nationally.”