Norfolk talking newspaper honours four budding reporters
Submitted - May 2011
Four young newshounds have received recognition for their reporting skills that have helped deliver the news to the visually impaired.
"We like to involve young people as much as possible in the talking newspaper and it can lead to career opportunities."
When pupils at Forncett St Peter Primary School, near Long Stratton, were asked to create a local newspaper as a school project, year six students Owain Delf and Kyle Sims and year five students Martina Ethridge and Georgina Oxborough rose to the challenge.
They recorded a selection of their news stories for the Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper (WATN) and their work proved to be a particularly big hit with one of the visually impaired listeners.
The quality of their journalism was so good that Carol Haeusler wrote a letter of thanks to the young news team, in Braille, and was subsequently invited to present certificates of appreciation to them at the Talking Newspaper’s recent annual meeting.
Carol said: “The children did so well that I wanted to express my thanks to them and a letter in Braille seemed to be the best way of doing it.”
The organisation’s annual meeting was also a notable event for two local dignitaries.
It was the first official engagement for the recently elected mayors of the two towns, Karen Pettitt (Attleborough) and Neil Ward (Wymondham) and they offered a joint message of thanks for the service WATN provides.
Tony Vale was elected as chairman, taking the place of Pat Crawford, who has had to give up the role for family reasons.
In her report, Mrs Crawford expressed her thanks on behalf of the listeners for the ongoing commitment of the volunteers.
Treasurer, Jennifer Cawte, highlighted the financial support the organisation continues to receive from the local community and particularly from Wymondham-based Phoenix Line Dancers, who have raised more than £2,000 for the Talking Newspaper since the service was launched in 1998.
Chairman Mr Vale, speaking about the children’s work for WATN, said: “We like to involve young people as much as possible in the talking newspaper and it can lead to career opportunities.
“A young volunteer who joined us when the service was launched subsequently went on to work for the BBC.”
Log on to www.watn.org.uk for more information about the talking newspaper.
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