The students in Kassandra Norrie’s Grade 6 class at Princess Elizabeth Elementary School in Magog stepped into the world of local journalism on Tuesday morning without ever having to leave their classroom. As part of an ongoing project by The Record to offer media literacy and journalism workshops in local elementary and high schools, the students got the opportunity to go on a “virtual tour” of the paper, put together by Friday Files contributor Katherine Owen, and also speak with Associate Editor Gordon Lambie about how facts and opinions are presented in a daily newspaper. They then used what they learned to write six “my take” style mini editorials in small groups that can be found on page six of Wednesday’s paper.
The Record has prepared workshops covering topics ranging from interview skills and hard news to writing editorials and features or even designing ads and layout. Teachers or schools interested in participating are welcome to reach out by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are also encouraged to participate in The Record’s weekly news quiz. At the end of the month, any students who participate and answer the questions about what was in the paper will be entered into a draw to win a 16-GB Fire tablet.
See the students’ Our Takes on Page 6 of Wednesday’s Record.