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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Evening Mail day for blogging Barrow pupils’

YOUNG Barrow bloggers got to use a multitude of skills during a busy day at the Evening Mail.

ON THE RECORD A group from Victoria Junior School in the office of Frank Stretton, Evening Mail commercial director. From left, Ella Matthews, Ella Harker, Erin Pennington, Antonia Banks and Hannah Leece with teacher Jacqui Tindale, deputy advertising director Clare Fitzgerald and Frank Stretton MILTON HAWORTH REF: 50056508B000

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Five pupils from Victoria Junior School got hands-on experience of the workings of a daily newspaper by spending the day with the Mail team in Abbey Road, Barrow.

The nine and 10-year-olds documented their visit by writing a live blog, which their fellow pupils viewed back at school, in Devonshire Road, Barrow.

The Year Five pupils and higher level teaching assistant Jacqui Tindale were given an introduction to the business by editor and publisher Jonathan Lee.

The pupils met staff from across the editorial, advertising, newspaper sales and multimedia teams and each department put on activities for them.

A visit to the breaking news desk showed the Mail website was breaking news of a celebrity in town and reporting on other major stories of the day. The girls saw the news, sport and features teams at work on articles, the photographic team taking photographs and sub editors designing the layout of the newspaper pages.

In advertising the children enjoyed working on Christmas adverts and in newspaper sales they had made a special bill, “Victoria Junior School visits the Evening Mail!”, which was displayed on one of the street boards.

They also got to draw a competition winner. In Maddog Multimedia the children worked on creating a school logo design and each pupil got to make a business card.

In the Evening Mail library the girls viewed archive newspapers which date back 115 years.

Mrs Tindale said: “We have had a wonderful day. It has been very interesting.

“The children have been very busy, listening, writing, taking pictures and taking part in the activities.”

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