Put pen to paper you could scoop a prize

SPONSOR: Andrea Hayes of Flybe

SPONSOR: Andrea Hayes of Flybe

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BUDDING writers are urged to put pen to paper in the hope of scooping a prize in the Flybe Senior Journalist of the Year competition.

Secondary school students are invited to apply their literacy skills to a series of briefs linked to the secondary English framework.

The Flybe-sponsored contest covers requirements under the national curriculum.

Andrea Hayes, Flybe general manager market development, said: ‘Flybe is delighted at being involved in Senior Journalist.

‘We are always keen to become involved in the communities we serve and what better way than to team up with Isle of Man Newspapers and the schools and encourage children to test their writing skills?

‘We look forward to seeing the results of pupils’ efforts and wish them every success with the competition.’

Skills are recognised through publicity generated by the Isle of Man Courier, Manx Independent, Isle of Man Examiner and iomtoday.co.im.

Download the Information pack including the application form by clicking the link on the right of this story.

Students in year seven (ages 11-12) are asked to write a letter to their MHK, arguing for the introduction of a more comprehensive recycling scheme in the Isle of Man. Those in year eight (12-13) have to imagine what living in the Isle of Man might be like in about 50 years’ time.

They then have to write a short science-fiction story set in the Isle of Man of 2056 that explores these changes.

A local newspaper article persuading people to buy Manx produce is the task set for year nine (13-14) students.

Year 10 (14-15) students’ skills in research and persuasive writing are put to the test with the challenge of writing to their MHK campaigning for wider entertainment for young people.

Year 11 (15-16) students are asked to assume the role of a broadsheet journalist and investigate the concept of violence in the modern media.

The deadline for entries is February 15 and entries are made via the schools.

The winners in each year group will be awarded a trophy.

Photographs of the prize presentations and the winning articles will be reproduced in a specially produced Senior Journalist of the Year supplement which will be distributed with our sister newspaper the Manx Independent.

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