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Young journalist prize: are your students budding writers?

Oct 4, 2017 by

A new young journalist prize aims to encourage schoolchildren to be “truth detectives” of their generation

Children aged eight to 11 are invited to enter their work for a young journalism competition focused on the concept of truth.

The Learn2Think Young Journalist Prize, run in association with the Guardian Foundation and The Week Junior, asks teachers to encourage pupils to enter an article of up to 500 words on a subject that matters to them, and which could make a difference in their community.

The competition is split into two age categories, eight to nine and 10 to 11. The winner from each will get a laptop to continue their writing and a six-month subscription to The Week Junior. The winners’ schools will also receive a year’s subscription to the magazine.

As well as celebrating talent in writing, the prize aims to encourage schoolchildren to be the “truth detectives” of their generation – thinking critically, developing reasoned argument, and identifying misinformation.

The deadline for entries is 16 October and the winner will be announced on 16 November, the UN International Day for Tolerance. Advice for pupils on writing the 500-word article includes finding a topic they feel strongly about and asking themselves questions such as what tolerance means to them and what might be learned from the older generation. Tips are also provided on doing the necessary research and how to back opinion up with facts.

Source: Young journalist prize: are your students budding writers? | Teacher Network | The Guardian

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