How the project works

The award-winning Irish News Young News Readers media project for children aged 8-12 is delivered in partnership with EY, Colin Glen, Belfast Zoo and St. Mary’s, Belfast.

Once registered every school will receive an educational resource booklet to support learning throughout the eight-week project.

The booklet contains:

  • Information on the project/ timeline
  • A choice of tasks relating to each week’s theme which cover key issues and matters impacting young people.
  • Engaging weekly resources

There are a variety of tasks included in the resource booklet, these will suit a range of abilities. Please feel free to choose which tasks are best suited to your class. As well as these activities we ask schools each week to complete the Task of the Week. These are mandatory for the completion of the project and certification.

Starting April 17th, for eight weeks, a 32-page specially commissioned School Edition newspaper is edited and printed covering key issues and matters impacting young people. The newspaper will include bespoke content curated for the project and a selection of news stories taken from The Irish News editions in the previous week.

As part of the sign-up process, schools are asked to confirm their nominated newsagents and the School Edition newspaper will be delivered every Wednesday to this address. It is the school’s responsibility to collect the newspapers for the project. Every student in the class will receive a newspaper and they are encouraged to bring their paper home and discuss learning with their family.

Note: This resource booklet has been designed as a guide to support the completion of The Irish News Young News Readers Media Project. While there are many elements of the project that can support and enhance the teaching of the Northern Ireland Curriculum, it should not be used as a replacement for the literacy curriculum.

We encourage teachers to use their professional judgement to discern if certain topics may be of a sensitive nature to members of their class.

Schools have the option to access an e-paper to support trends in young people consuming news.

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