Thursday, 11 August 2022

Festival calls for young reporters

THE Henley Youth Festival, together with the Henley Standard, is inviting aspiring young journalists to take part in its young reporter competition and help cover events at the 2017 festival.

Any young person living in Henley, aged 11 to 16, is eligible to enter and should send in 100 to 500 words of their own writing. It could be a piece of homework, some creative writing, a book review or a report on an event.

Natasha Clark Lam, a 13-year old pupil at Queen Anne’s School, Caversham, and a winner from last year, says: “It was a good experience and it was nice to have an insight into how real journalists work at the Henley Standard. It was also fun interviewing people for the newspaper!”

Another winner, 15-year old Ben Stodolnic, now writes a monthly column for the Henley Standard as a result of his successful report on supercars.

Ben, who attends Langtree School in Woodcote, offers the following advice to new entrants for the competition: “Make sure you’ve got a good idea and know where you’re starting from. Take your time with your writing and look back over it before sending in your entry.”

Four successful young reporters will be chosen to cover events at the festival on March 11 and 12 and given the opportunity to spend the morning in the Henley Standard offices on Saturday, March 18.

They will edit their own articles and help lay them out on a page of the newspaper, ready for publication the following week. Winners will also be required to attend a brief editorial meeting on Saturday, March 4 to discuss their reporting assignments at the festival.

Send your piece of writing to: Young Reporter Competition, Henley Standard, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Henley, RG9 1AD, or email it to the editor Simon Bradshaw at sbradshaw@henleystandard.

Please supply your name and contact details, including a telephone number and the name of your school.

The closing date for submissions is February 20.

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