Thrill of being reporters

TEACHERS, let your students experience the thrill of being journalists in The Best School Newspaper Awards 2003. They will enjoy themselves so much they won’t even realise that they are getting plenty of practice in language skills! 

When conducting interviews, they will be learning how to use “Wh” questions, besides listening and speaking skills. Completing the stories require creative writing and summary writing skills. Editing means reading to ensure the grammar is correct and the points are put across in a clear, logical sequence.  

Those who are good in design will enjoy putting all the items together in a page, adding touches like logos and graphics to make the layout more attractive. Shutterbugs should enjoy taking pictures and seeing them in the newspaper. 

Publishing a newspaper is certainly not a one-man job; it is an excellent opportunity for students to practise teamwork. They will also get a great sense of achievement and pride from completing the task successfully. The results are tangible and can be displayed for all to see. 

As teachers, do ensure that you coordinate the students’ efforts and that every participating student does his part. 


Below are the rules and regulations in a nutshell. The full list of rules will be published in June’s NiE supplement on Wednesday. 


· The Best School Newspaper Awards 2003 contest is open to all primary and secondary school students in Malaysia. There are three categories: P: Primary (Years 1-6), LS: Lower Secondary (Forms 1-3) and US: Upper Secondary (Forms 4-6); 

· Participation is through schools only; 

· Each school must submit at least 5 entries to qualify;  

· Participation is on a class-basis only and should be supervised by the class English language teacher. Each participating class must submit a four-page, A3-size newspaper as proof of work done; 

· The best entry for each category of the school will win a class party worth RM500. This entry or entries (if the school enters for both categories) will also be submitted for judging at the Grand Prize level;  

· At least one story in the newspaper MUST be devoted to a feature article written based on research from the Internet (sources must be attributed); 

· Schools must select ONE entry in each category for the judging of Grand Prize winners;  

· There are a total of 13 Grand Prizes: 3 will be selected from Category P, while 5 each will be selected from Categories LS and US; and  

· The best entry from each of the categories will be awarded “The Best School Newspaper” for their respective categories. 


For enquiries, call Arnie Lim at 03-7967 1298 or Joanne Lim at 03-7967 1388 ext 1810. 

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