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When you think about it, children approach facts much like good journalists do – with curiosity, perseverance and an appetite for good stories. Why isn’t there a newspaper for them?
It turns out there is: Crinkling News is a new national newspaper written especially for kids. Released weekly online and in print, it offers news, letters to the editor, opinion, sports reporting and of course, a quiz. Now, in a special workshop for fledgling newshounds aged 7 to 12, Crinkling News editor Saffron Howden will teach junior journos how to craft a news story.
What makes a story newsworthy and relevant? Who might you contact for information, how would you make contact and what sorts of questions should you ask? How do you fact-check? And where can sizzling openers and smart headlines come into play? In this workshop, kids will work in groups on real-life newsroom scenarios to conduct interviews, develop ideas – and create their own news.
Saffron Howden has been a journalist for over 15 years. She started as a cadet reporter at Australian Associated Press (AAP) in Sydney and was sent to work in the federal parliamentary press gallery at Parliament House in Canberra not long after completing her cadetship.
She returned to Sydney two years later and began working at the Daily Telegraph. Before joining the journalism staff at the Sydney Morning Herald, Saffron worked at the regional daily newspaper, the Northern Star, on the north coast of NSW.
She spent six years at the Herald before starting Australia's only national newspaper for kids, Crinkling News. She is a mother, aunty and avid reader.
Immersion in literacy is one of the most important factors in determining the outcome of a child’s future – and nurturing a love of books and reading is part of that. Also, kids plus books and writing equals fun. We’re delighted to be presenting a new series of events for the younger reader in your life: Wheeler Kids. Roll up and enjoy!