By Heather Zubek
THE team at Crinkling News should be afraid. Very afraid. Kids are producing their own newspapers, and they are really good.
They’re also learning about media literacy, deadlines, how news is reported and the importance of checking facts.
“I’ve learnt that you need a very good balance of serious and funny stories,” says Noah, who’s 11, from Trinity Grammar School in Melbourne.
“If you have too much serious stuff, no one will read it.”
Understanding the news
Trinity Times comes out monthly and sells for $1. The money goes to a charity and the boys raised $113 for the Cancer Council of Australia from their first issue.
What is media literacy?
It’s the ability to think about the things we see or hear in the media – whether it’s online, in newspapers or on TV – and be able to know what messages are being sent and why.
Somebody who is media literate can tell the difference between paid advertising and news, and between opinion and fact. They can also create media.
Source: Common Sense Media
Up to 15 boys spend lunchtimes working on stories that include school and sporting news, fun facts and comics.
Jimmy, also 11, believes everyone should be able to understand the news.
“Preps to older kids read our paper so it’s important that I try to explain difficult words when I’m writing articles,” he says.
A rat’s tale
A brother and sister from the Victorian town of Ballarat are taking their first steps towards a media career.
Audrey, 10, and George, seven, attended the junior journalist workshop in Melbourne in 2016 that was run by the editor of Crinkling News, Saffron Howden.
“I learnt how to write articles and a good first sentence,” says Audrey. “It also gave me the idea to start our own newspaper, The Monthly Rat.”