This week’s Eyre Peninsula Tribune has had some new writers contributing stories for local readers.
The Tribune relies on many valuable contributors every week for sport and community news but a group of Eyre Peninsula students are this week putting their own spin on local news in a special edition liftout in the Eyre Peninsula Tribune and the Port Lincoln Times called The Wave.
Cleve Area School students Sophie Dolling and Lenny McDonough, St Joseph’s School students Hope Garnaut and Danika Davis, Navigator College students Danah Slade and Charlotte Miller and Port Lincoln High School student Dylan Stigwood have spent this term researching and writing stories that matter to them.
They have also got a behind the scenes look at what it takes to put together a newspaper, developing their news writing skills, learning about the programs used to put together the print and online product and working to deadlines.
Some of the topics the students chose to feature in The Wave include the Champion’s Academy pioneered by Sarah Powell at Arno Bay, an increase in the number of boys taking up dance, youth employment and the contribution Cleve Area School’s Sims farm is making to Eyre Peninsula’s farming future.
The topics are varied but they have one common theme.
These are issues that affect young people on Eyre Peninsula, issues they care about and think other young people will want to read about.
The aim of the project was not only to build students’ skills and give young people a voice through this newspaper, it also aimed to encourage more people to consider a career in journalism and, who knows, there may be future Eyre Peninsula Tribune or Port Lincoln Times journalists among them.
The stories in The Wave cover just a small number of the many interesting and creative story ideas the group came up with at the beginning of the term and it would be great to see another edition in the future giving more local students the opportunity to put their ideas to paper and share them with the wider community.
Sophie, Lenny, Hope, Danika, Danah, Charlotte and Dylan should be proud of their efforts because the end result is a great read covering a broad range of issues so be sure to take some time to sit down and take a look at life from the perspective of some young Eyre Peninsula locals.