Pupils in battle of the newsrooms

SECONDARY school pupils have battled it out in a mock newsroom to see who could create the best newspaper in one day.The winners, Beccles Middle School, managed to create their newspaper, the Beccles Daily Press, to deadline after attending mock press conferences and receiving reports throughout the day.

SECONDARY school pupils have battled it out in a mock newsroom to see who could create the best newspaper in one day.

The winners, Beccles Middle School, managed to create their newspaper, the Beccles Daily Press, to deadline after attending mock press conferences and receiving reports throughout the day.

The newspaper's editor-for-the-day, Daniel Mitchell, 13, said: "It's brilliant, we thought we hadn't won but when they said our paper I was amazed.

"I would love to become a journalist, today about five minutes before the deadline we had to slot everything in, but then we did it and it was very good," said Daniel, whose team won a mini-camcorder for their efforts.

Working in The Evening Star's Ipswich offices in Lower Brook Street the pupils from five different Suffolk schools created their newspapers in the finale of this year's Archant Well Read Newspaper Challenge.

The schools included Kesgrave High School, Chantry High School, St Alban's Catholic High School from Ipswich and East Bergholt High School.

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Linda Nixon, southern area manager of Suffolk Education Business Partnership, said: "It is national science and technology week and this is a fantastic way to show students how important technology is in industry. They are using the same technology that is being used by the reporters."

Runner-ups were also awarded prizes including digital cameras, which were supplied by Serif, a software company.