A contest for budding journalists
Held twice in 2016, the Diventa giornalista competition run by Focus Junior magazine is designed to introduce children and adolescents to the world of journalism in a fun and innovative yet accurate and exhaustive way. The project offers teachers a simple free handbook that guides pupils through the creation of their own school newspaper, with the help of digital instruments. Using the journalist kit, the children have the chance to explore their interests and critical skills when writing, supported, at all stages, by the guidelines provided. Once they have finished, all the little reporters then need to do is send the digital format to the magazine’s email address.
Over 700 schools took part in the first edition: the winners were given the opportunity to spend an entire day in the Focus Junior editorial office and find out at close-hand about the meticulous work that goes into producing a magazine.
The theme of nature was chosen for the edition that was launched in November 2016 and finished in April 2017. This time Focus visited the three winning classes to award them a reporter’s diploma together with a free annual subscription.