When the team at First News asked me if I would link to their new and improved website, a thought occurred to me:
The newspaper First News was founded by Piers Morgan who still holds the position of Executive Editorial Director - would Piers Morgan to something for nothing?
No, he certainly would not. So I emailed back and explained that I ran the journalism club at my daughter's school, so I would be happy to link to their site of they sent me some free copies of their newspaper for the kids to look at.
Five complementary copies arrived two days later, and so they should have!
I have 'borrowed' this image from the First News website so must credit them with this image.
So what did my budding journalists (all Year 6, I might add) think of the paper?
Well, they loved it. Surprisingly they had never heard of it and had not realised there was anything on the market aimed at their age group. They will be slightly biased of course. If they were not interested in news and journalism they would not have been at the newspaper group in the first place, but they were certainly the sort of children that would benefit from reading a newspaper like this and they form part of the paper's target market.
They liked the way it was written - they found it easy to understand without being patronising. They liked the mixture of news stories from issues of climate change to performers on X-Factor. The liked the colour images, especially one of "the lurvly Prince William" (their words, not mine) and they also like the competitions.
So all-in-all it has been a hit. I have directed them to the First News website which I personally think it much better than the previous version. As well as the news section there are sections on surveys, polls, discover, games and even one called 'weird'. There are sections for teachers and parents too.
One day a few of my budding reporters may end up writing their own newspaper columns, inspired by the paper. One of them, however, is very keen to become a Royal reporter.
Mmm, I wonder why that is!