Kids have the write stuff

A couple of weeks ago a group of Year 4 students from Lismore Heights Public School visited The Echo to find out how a newspaper works.

It was a bit of a change for me to be on the other side of a bunch of enthusiastic questioners (although the students were much better-mannered than any group of journos I’ve ever seen, and better-dressed too).

One of the many good questions they asked was why doesn’t The Echo have a kids’ page, which they then followed up with a lovely card and some suggestions to make The Echo more child-friendly – showing again a natural aptitude for journalism.

So we’re starting one and we’re looking for budding reporters, artists and photographers of primary school age.

To illustrate that kids can do anything their parents can (except drive or the washing up) our journo Andy Parks’ daughter Ruby duPreez-Parks wrote a story for us – and she reckons writing stories and being in the paper is great fun.

We’re after stories, pictures, jokes, photos, letters – anything young minds think they’d like to share. The first kids’ page will be included in the May 13 edition and, depending on the amount of content we receive, should run monthly.

Junior reporters should file stories via email to editor@echonews.com, or drop them into The Echo office at 218 Molesworth St, Lismore.

And speaking of young people, the PCYC is running a fund-raiser for at-risk young people and as well as being a worthwhile cause, I’m begging you all to support it for selfish reasons (see story page 5). Supporting young people who really need it is one of the most valuable things a community can do, and a real measure of what sort of society we have.


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