When the Young Get a Good Press; 1) Enthusiastic: Pupils Get to Work 2) Proud: The Junior Journalists Show off Their Completed Newspapers
Byline: Sarah Harris
ANOTHER day in the newsroom and the editor is holding court at morning conference. TV news bulletins are drowned out as senior editorial staff discuss the big issues of the day knife crime and the Baby P tragedy.
It could be a scene from any editorial suite in the UK, but these journalists are, in fact, teenagers.
They are the latest budding hacks to enjoy the high-tech newsroom at the Newspaper Education Trust (NET), set at the giant West Ferry printworks in London's Docklands..
The NET, a not-for-profit charity, gives pupils aged ten to 19 an insight into the world of newspapers.
It has been offering its services to local schools for more than a decade.
These 'hands-on' days are educational as well as practical as they are tied in with the national curriculum, with links to English, ICT, media and business studies.
Today, a group of ten-year-olds from East London's Stebon Primary School, and 13 and 14-year-olds from Langdon Park Secondary, rush bright-eyed into the room. The older group is split into two editorial teams and given minutes to select an editor and sub-editor, plus reporters in sport, entertainment and features.
Once they have chosen their paper's titles The Teen Times and Today's Teens and identified their target audience, the youngsters are tasked with pinpointing the stories they need to cover.
They have just 15 minutes to browse the internet and watch TV to come up with a story list.
Teen Times editor Abider Mizabin, 14, has decided her paper will 'splash' on the breaking story of a teenager shot dead in Derby.
She said: 'I feel important being the editor it's a big responsibility.
There's a lot of pressure.' The newsrooms are now a hub of activity but Today's Teens entertainment reporter Dennis Ilie seems unfazed, as he quietly writes a story about a potential games console from Apple.
He said: 'I like games consoles - and so do most people my age, so this is an interesting story. …