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Budding reporters get a helping hand

Budding young reporters are being given a chance to do some real reporting thanks to an innovative project.

The Young Reporter scheme is being run by the News Shopper newspaper and website for schoolchildren in and around the Dartford area.

The publication is working with more than 600 students from 70 secondary schools across the region to give them a chance to have a taste of journalism.

Young people taking part are given the chance to research stories, write them and have them published on the paper’s website.

Diana Jarvis, who co-ordinates the scheme, said: “It has been a fantastic start to the Young Reporter of the Year scheme for 2011/12. So far some really fascinating articles and great photographs have been uploaded by the students.

“We are delighted so many schools signed up for this unique opportunity, which allows students to try their hand at journalism working alongside professionals.”

Bexley Grammar School has around 20 pupils taking part in the scheme. Laura Peters, English and media teacher at the school, said: “The scheme is really good and it has a wide appeal across the school.

“Last year it was only opened up to the sixth form but we’ve opened it up to years 10 and 11 and it has had a great take-up.

“The whole world can see what the kids have written about and they get a thrill out of that. They are engaged and excited about the whole project.”

All students completing the scheme get a certificate recognising their achievements, which can help get them a place at college.

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