“In 2012, Michaela ‘Editor’ Clarke set up the Henley Herald with the intention of sharing news to promote our wonderful town. Right from the start, the intention was for the Henley residents to take ownership of their ‘community news website’ and contribute stories: the children of Badgemore Primary School are Michaela’s latest recruits”, writes year 6 Teacher, Tim Hoskins.
Michaela joined the children in class this week to prepare them for their new role, discussing the ethos of the news website and techniques to compose a great news article.
“This gives the children a real opportunity to write for an audience. At Badgemore, we try to display as much as possible but even then only a limited number of people get to view the children’s efforts. When the children write for the Henley Herald, thousands could potentially read their writing. Writing for an audience improves how children approach their learning, all of a sudden every word needs to be carefully considered,” added Mr Hoskins, year 6 teacher.
Matias who has already written for the Herald added, “It feels great to be able to write for a news website and it also makes you understand what it is like to be a reporter.” Luz, author of A review of 2016 said, “It is just amazing to be able to share my opinion with the people of Henley.”
Michaela said, “It’s great to have our first young reporters on board from Badgemore Primary School. I am going to be talking to the other headteachers of the other Henley Schools about this at their Headteachers’ meeting next week. The Herald is always looking for new ways for members of the community to get involved and I’d like it to continue to evolve the website with fresh new ideas being added.”
If you’d like to get involved in the Herald or have a new idea you’d like to see, please email Michaela at firstname.lastname@example.org