Wannabe hacks from Tockington praised at national journalism awards
WANNABE hacks from Tockington with a keen eye for a scoop have made headlines after coming top at the country's first ever children journalism competition.
Tockington Manor School's publication Totally Tockington and its 21 dedicated reporters received a high commendation from industry judges at the Primary School Newspaper of the Year awards run by First News.
The UK's only newspaper for young people was launched by Piers Morgan and editor Nicky Cox in May 2006.
Head of English at Tockington Manor, Judith Case, told the Gazette: "The editor, Tom Edwards, who has entered Year 7, was very excited by the good news and proud of his team.
"It was his job to explain to First News how the newspaper is run with a weekly decision-making meeting, a flurry of activity, keen reporting by the 21 members of the team and then the whole publishing and printing process right through to delivery to the eager readers (including staff) nearly every Friday at the end of the school day."
She added: "Next year we hope that the team will be entering the competition again – this time in the Secondary category as many of them will be in Year 7."
Totally Tockington was founded by Ben Owen in 2010 and has developed from an occasional newsletter to a thriving free weekly school newspaper written by and for pupils.
To view Totally Tockington visit www.tockingtonmanorschool.com
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