In the middle of exams and school, a group of Launceston high school students have learned the art of publishing.
The students from six high schools attended workshops on creating a story idea, conducting interviews, writing and editing stories and designing a newspaper.
City of Launceston Youth Advisory Group also wrote for the publication.
The finished result is Momentum, a newspaper produced by Launceston students for young people and about issues that are important to them.
Momentum, which showcases almost three months of student work and mentoring by Examiner staff, was inserted into The Examiner on Friday and also read online.
Emerging writer and Scotch Oakburn College grade 10 student Zara Kernan said she gained an insight into newspaper publishing by taking part in the Momentum project.
“Before doing Momentum I expected to learn more about journalism and to get more experience in writing – and those things definitely did happen,” Miss Kernan said.
“I got the opportunity to have more writing experience and learn how a newspaper is put together.”
To go with her greater understanding of the newspaper publishing process, Miss Kernan said she picked up a host of new skills too.
These skills came to the fore when she wrote about Lisa Sandor trekking in North-West Tasmania to raise money for White Ribbon.
“As far as new skills, I learned about interviewing people, such as not asking yes or no questions and making sure I record and write notes for interviews,” Miss Kernan said.
“I also learned about story structure and putting the moment important information in the introduction.”
The Examiner editor Courtney Greisbach said the Momentum project had been running for several years, with the aim of engaging youth.
“We are giving that generation a voice, but Momentum is more than just writing experience – it is also about team work, deadlines, creativity and interpersonal skills,” Ms Greisbach said.
Inside Momentum you will see articles covering key issues: domestic violence, Armistice Day, animal welfare, art and culture, mental health and more.
“We are so proud of the students and the depth of their reporting and commitment to Momentum.”
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