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Young Journalists at BISS Puxi

13 januari 2015

We are excited to announce the Global Classroom Young Journalist Programme, which is launching this year and will offer our students the opportunity to learn from leading journalists in a series of exclusive masterclasses, as well as provide an exclusive opportunity for selected students to be part of the Young Journalists’ Academy.

Nord Anglia Education has partnered with the Young Journalists’ Academy in the UK to deliver this programme and to inspire and train the young reporters in our schools around the world.

Three students from BISS Puxi have been selected, along with only 13 others from our 31 schools, to join the Global Classroom Young Journalists’ Academy and will experience the world of journalism first hand as they complete assignments based on current affairs with advice from experienced journalists.

There are also a series of masterclasses, each hosted by a different journalist and offering tips and advice on different aspects of modern reporting. Our students are challenged to demonstrate their new skills in a short activity which will be judged by the experts.

The first masterclass, The ABC of Good Journalism, is hosted by Mick Hume, writer for The Sun and The Times and author of There is No Such Thing as Free Press. Good writing is at the heart of good journalism and Mick shares his three key rules to help our students craft great articles.

Masterclass two will see Dr Tiffany Jenkins, writer of a weekly column in The Scotsman, discussing opinion pieces, while Shiv Malik from The Guardian, will advise how to get the best out of an interview in the third masterclass. A special masterclass hosted by Anne Jolis of The Spectator will teach students about reporting in a conflict zone. 

We asked our three successful young reports why they wanted to join the Young Journalist’s Academy and what they hope to take from the experience…

Samuel Grein, Year 10

I applied for the Young Journalists’ Academy because last year I wrote in Shanghai Family magazine on the topic of 'teens and technology' and despite the stress, in the end the feeling of submitting a piece of writing to the world that you know is good is one unlike any other. As well as this, writing is one of my hobbies; whenever I just have nothing to do I like to write stories and lots of creative writing. Journalism, as I have discovered, is another form of writing I enjoy because it serves a larger purpose than an everyday hobby, you can educate and inform people. And knowing that I have done something to contribute to a society is something I will never tire of.

Amber Hollis, Year 10

The Young Journalists’ Academy is an amazing opportunity. Even when I was younger, I was always interested in journalism. I applied to take part in the Academy as I enjoy travelling the world, exploring and writing about my experiences. Living in Shanghai, there are thousands of opportunities on our doorstep: places to go, people to meet and cultures to explore. From this experience, I am hoping to gain a stronger understanding of journalism and learn what it takes to become a respected, unbiased journalist.

Meher Kovoor, Year 10

To be able to write down your personal thoughts, the ability to express yourself and voice thoughts or opinions is in itself liberating. To be able to publish these, be it online or in magazines, allowing others access to your thoughts is quite something.

I decided to embark on this experience, not necessarily to launch a career into journalism or media but rather to learn and develop a critical eye for what’s going on around the world.  I find the projects on the Global Classroom very enticing, as they are all so enriching and an opportunity to broaden my horizons. Since this is the way I feel about these courses and projects, it seemed only fitting that I tried my hand at the Young Journalists’ Academy. I feel very lucky to have been accepted and am looking very forward to the fantastic outcome of this wonderful opportunity.

Whether students are interested in a career in the media, or simply want to develop a critical eye on events in the world around them, the Global Classroom Young Journalist Programme will support students to develop vital transferable skills, such as an inquiring mind, perseverance, the confidence to take risks, and a concern for society.