Students from St Thomas Catholic School Willoughby’s journalism enrichment class recently sampled life as a journalist after an excursion to the News Ltd offices in Surry Hills.
The class submitted articles for Do Something Day, a News Local event which encourages people to volunteer in their communities. Billy Cantwell, North Shore Times editor, was so impressed by the articles that he invited the class on a tour of the office.
The tour took in the conference room where editors of The Australian meet to discuss the day’s top stories, as well as the floor of the Daily Telegraph. Students also visited the photographic and online production areas before calling into the desks of the North Shore Times.
On the tour, students met The Australian’s editor-at-large, Paul Kelly, who greeted the children and offered them words of advice for a journalistic career.
“It was definitely an experience to remember for a long time,” said Angus Martinez in Year 4.
Howard Dahdah, 4Y teacher, said that the journalism enrichment class was open to students from years 3-6. “It is aimed at honing their overall writing skills through the prism of news writing.” he said.