in the UK
This book is a user-friendly resource for helping young people to develop communication and creative skills through informal experiences of journalism, including: writing; interviewing; editing; creating images; presentation of text and images on paper and on the web; working in groups; creating a flyer, info sheet or newsletter from scratch; contributing to existing club or school newspapers; making submissions to local newspapers and magazines; and, getting a point across in print and on the web. It is written by an experienced journalist who has helped young people contribute to youth publications over several years. Her material - presented here in informal and engaging ways - can assist youth leaders, youth workers and teachers to add some specialist skills and experiences in their work with young people: in clubs, schools, detached settings or anywhere else where they meet with them; who may already have a strong desire to write and 'publish', but don't know how to go about it; who may even want to become journalists; or who may have strong views about something that has arisen and need encouragement and help to organise 'a voice'; or who may benefit from encouragement to join in existing opportunities such as contributing to their school or club newsletter; or, who may just be looking for something new to do, on their own or in their group. The materials can be used flexibly by anyone with youth work or teaching skills - no experience of journalism is required. This is not a complex programme that has to be worked through from beginning to end, but an informal, engaging and coherently presented collection of guidance, information, suggestions, activities and anecdotes that can be used flexibly in any of the above circumstances. Cartoons will assist young people to use the material, either when you share this book with them, or additionally purchase from the publisher the PDF of all of the book's fact sheets and activities that can then be photocopied or placed on your intranet, following clear guidance provided in the book. (Some limited photocopying from the book is also authorised in that guidance). The nature of this work may mean that you find that these resources have wider use amongst those young people who already have higher levels of skills, for example in use of language in general and English in particular. But it can also prove useful, not only in helping young people to develop their skills and raise their expectations, but also in providing opportunities for enhancing English-language skills. Teachers, youth leaders and youth workers may also find material here to help them in their own tasks such as writing a press release.
Russell House Publishing Ltd
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