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Student newspaper praised by journalists

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: July 28, 2013

Pupils from Caistor Grammar School receiving their award at the shine Media Awards 2013 with their teacher Jacky Robson

Pupils from Caistor Grammar School receiving their award at the shine Media Awards 2013 with their teacher Jacky Robson

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Pupils have been praised by leading journalists for the quality of their school newspaper.

Children from Caistor Grammar School picked up an award at the Shine School Media Awards. Their Caistor Focus publication was crowned Best Newspaper at the awards, which are sponsored by the Newspaper Society.

The students have won a cheque for £1,000, the chance to attend a workshop at the Times Education Supplement’s editorial officee and Quark Xpress 9, which is a computer programme.

The children picked up their award at a ceremony in London. It was presented by Daily Mail political columnist Simon Heffer and Louise Court, editor of Cosmopolitan.

Jacky Robson, English teacher and head of careers at the school, told the Echo: “This is the second consecutive time we’ve won. It’s brilliant and I am so proud of all the students for their hard work. When I entered this year I didn’t think we’d win this year - the standard of work is just so high, which makes this even more special.”

Mr Heffer said: “Those who had taken part in these awards had shown that they had the potential to consider a career in journalism, whether in print or by grasping the the new opportunities online.”

William Farr Church of England Comprehensive School’s publication was also highly commended in the Best Magazine category.

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