The Young Reporter Scheme is about to launch again, and is recruiting now to alleviate the frantic rush for teachers at the beginning of the busy autumn term.

It is an excellent opportunity for young people, and students can enrol through their school to take advantage of this inimitable break into the world of journalism.

Running for eight months from September each year, students are expected to write one article per month and all these articles are published on Newsquest’s myriad of online newspapers.

On the Isle of Wight, Island schools work in conjunction with the Isle of Wight County Press.

How to get involved in the Isle of Wight County Press's Young Reporter scheme


  • If this sounds like it might be of interest to your school or someone you know, emailing or call 0208 722 6378.

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Students at Christ the King College in Newport have already taken part, and more are set to join next year.

Sarah Leahy, head of media and film studies, said: "The students who have taken part in the Young Reporter scheme this academic year have gained so many important skills.

"It has been wonderful to see their confidence grow, not only in their writing and editing skills, but also in their ability to approach people about a story and in interviewing people."

She said: "It has also helped to solidify the importance of meeting deadlines!

"I am very excited to get started with a new group of students in September - and several of the students from the first cohort have already signed up to take part again!"

This programme believes all students deserve a voice and therefore all are welcome, irrespective of their academic abilities.

Even if journalism is not the end plan, the scheme will help to broaden the students' horizons, take them out of their comfort zones and hone their writing skills.