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6 June, 2005

Political journalism competition winners announced

The National Political Journalism Competition, which invites young people aged 11-18 to tackle a political issue of their choice in print, TV or radio, has announced the winners for 2004-05.

Link to PDF of Robert May's School's entry for the National Political Journalism Competition 2004/05.
Robert Mays School's winning newspaper

The judging panel included Michael Brunson (Chair), ex-political editor of ITN and Citizenship Foundation Trustee, and journalists from the Today Programme, The Mirror Group, Newsnight and CBBC Newsround.

The winners

Best Political Broadcast Journalists

Neil Fenwick, Tom Stringer & Robert Peck, from Darrick Wood Secondary School, Orpington. The team of 12-13 year olds tackled the local issue of the development of a new Tesco superstore in Orpington. Filmed as though part of a local news programme, they interviewed residents’ pressure groups, their MP and managers of the development. The final piece was very well presented, and demonstrated an excellent understanding of how local news is put together.

Best Political Newspaper Journalists

Claire McWethy, Hayley Pothecary & Thomas Etheridge, Robert May’s School, Hampshire. The students chose to discuss the controversial plans to build new homes on a local green-field site, questioning several local councillors, a campaign group and local businessmen, ensuring that their article was an excellent piece of impartial, investigative journalism.

The winners will receive their awards at a reception at the House of Lords on 7 July, and they are also being invited to have tea at Downing Street.


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