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The Hayesbrook School

Students Turn Journalists to Investigate WW1

On 13th September, 28 boys from Years 9 and 10 visited the Guardian Education Centre in central London to complete a workshop on WW1.

Our workshop leader, Elli, explained the 5 Ws of journalism and demonstrated how to use the state of the art technology to build their front pages. The boys worked as reporters to begin with, trawling through archives of actual Guardian newspaper articles from WW1 in order to write their own articles on various WW1 topics, such as the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the Christmas truce, the sinking of the Lusitania or the Armistice. Once their copy was in, the students had to work as sub-editors to build their front pages, writing the headlines and adding in the photos. Thereafter they became editors and censors checking the newspapers for errors and sensitive details the enemy should not know about. Finally, they had to meet their 2.30 deadline to print their front pages.

All 28 boys worked extremely hard throughout the day to meet various deadlines, but really enjoyed the challenge. Working with real newspaper articles was great for broadening their experience of using historical sources too. Overall, the students had a fantastic experience learning first-hand what it is like to work on a major newspaper and investigating aspects of WW1, which ties in with our KS3 and KS4 curriculum.