Sunderland school newshounds win national media award

Pupils from Farringdon Community Sports College have won the Best Community Initiative in the School's Media Awards for their Newsletter.

Pupils from Farringdon Community Sports College have won the Best Community Initiative in the School's Media Awards for their Newsletter.

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YOUNG newshounds have won a national award for their hard work.

Farringdon Community Sports College has won a 2012 Shine School Media Award for its school newsletter, Farra News.

The award follows the school winning the 2010 regional School Newspaper Award.

The Shine Awards work with the Open College Network and The Stationers Company, to encourage the development of publishing projects in schools and the respect of copyright and environmental issues.

Sponsored by companies such as Cambridge University Press, the 2012 Shine Awards were held in London and hosted by Dr Simon Heffer, political columnist from the Daily Mail, and children’s author Keren David.

More than 170 schools from across the country entered the competition.

Farringdon was one of just 25 to make it through to the final.

Three representatives from the news team and a member of staff travelled to London for the ceremony.

They were thrilled to win the award for Best Community Initiative, with judges impressed by the ethos of community in the Allendale Road school and within the area, especially the links with primary schools.

Farringdon news team co-ordinator Lorraine Bird said: “The news letter is very much student-led, and I think this is its main strength.

“Over the years the team has taken on more and more responsibility and it’s always a pleasure working with them.

“It’s also great to see kids across the ability and age groups all supporting each other.

“They even organise their own weekly meeting now and I just meet up with them close to issue deadlines.”

Headteacher Howard Kemp said: “I would like to pay tribute to the editorial team for all their hard work and this recognition is totally justified.

“Farra News is the best student-led newsletter in the world.”

Farra News began in 1996. There are usually between 10 and 14 students in the news team at any one time.

The team publishes a newsletter in print every September, which is delivered to primaries and groups in the surrounding area, followed by an online version at Christmas and Easter.

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