Thornhill Academy visit Sunderland Echo newsroom ready to see work make it into print

Students from Thornhill Academy spent a morning visiting the Echo's newsroom.
Students from Thornhill Academy spent a morning visiting the Echo's newsroom.

Students helped edit their work in a live newsroom as they prepared to see their finished articles and images in print.

Thornhill Academy’s supplement will be published in the Echo next Wednesday, bringing together a host of stories on school projects and achievements in a revamp of its own paper.

I’m really excited about it being printed, I’m going to frame it for my bedroom.

Isabella Johnston

In the run up to its publication, students visited our office to discover how a newspaper is put together and tweak their stories on the page as community content editor Peter French drew up the designs.

The following through the process from planning the next day’s paper and digital coverage, writing, editing and design to how it would make an impact online.

Among those to join in the visit was Isabella Johnston, 15, a year 10 pupil, and Daniel Greenfield, 14, who is in year 9.

Isabella, who has been working as an editor on the project and has written a story about the schools head girl and boy and a piece about the school’s peer mentor antibullying scheme, said: “I want to be a journalist any way before I came in, so this has really given me an idea of what it involves.

“We were able to stand behind Peter and make changes to our headlines,

“I’m really excited about it being printed, I’m going to frame it for my bedroom.”

Daniel, who has penned pieces about the school’s sports teams, added: “I’m going to be quite proud of it.”

Lia Paczynski, assistant director of learning for English, said: “I think the experience of seeing a work environment was really good for them.

“To see their articles coming together on the screen was great.”