One of our teachers said,
“More than ever it is important that young people know what news is real and what isn’t. Newspapers give you more background and put forward the different side of a story in a way that social media cannot. We find that children may see something on YouTube or Instagram and then go find out more about it in the printed newspaper.
“They don’t see a newspaper as old fashioned, if anything they’re coming back into fashion among our young newsreaders.”
“Children are bombarded with news about Brexit, Climate change, refugees, the border, local politicians. They need to be able to understand what is real news and what is fake. In the era of Donald Trump where communications are delivered in 280 characters it is useful that young people see the truth behind the news.”
Peter, a year 8 pupil said
“I think you can learn a lot about the world and news if you read the newspaper. Sometimes there are funny headlines in the paper that make you want to read that story. In school more and more people in my class read the paper now after doing the project. Our teacher asks us what story we think is interesting and we get to write our own version of the news.”
Professor Peter Finn KSG, Principal, St Mary’s University College explained the project’s
significance for younger readers calling it a ‘rich learning resource.’
“Critical literacy encourages young readers in both primary and post-primary schools to actively study texts. It assists young readers in better understanding the local, regional, national and international news they receive from a variety of media sources.
“In an era of change and uncertainty, for example the issue of Brexit, the Irish News has established a collaborative partnership that provides teachers and their pupils with a rich learning resource to further develop critical literacy skills.”