Founder of Trinity Times, Noah 11 with the first edition. Photo: Elizabeth Clancy

Founder of Trinity Times Noah, 11, with the first edition. Photo: Elizabeth Clancy

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.”

The editorial team working on the “Trinity Times”. Photo: Elizabeth Clancy.

The editorial team working on the “Trinity Times”. Photo: Elizabeth Clancy.

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.”

Top left, The Monthly Rat, issue eight, bottom right, Hot Chips News, second issue.

Top left, The Monthly Rat, issue eight, bottom right, Hot Chips News, second issue.

3 Comments

  • Trinity Times is a small newspaper growing to change our school, its easy to read, with Print and drawn material. its $1 and consists of about 10 Pages, all money goes to charity! please donate today… A later electronic copy is planned to set to the web later this year….

  • as one of the founders of trinity times I now this business is growing rapidly we are now introducing online payment subscriptions and delivery be sure to check the website out when it comes out

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