Last autumn term we started an after-school Newspaper Club here at ARK Kings Academy in Birmingham.
The idea behind the club was simple. Students would work together to plan, write and print a newspaper which would showcase life at ARK Kings from a student’s perspective. In the newspaper you would find celebrations of our successes, a look back at exciting events we have taken part in and opinions from students on the big (and not so big) issues of the day.
We decided to call the newspaper Aspire after our school’s motto, ‘Aspire, Expect, Achieve’. Every week students met up under the supervision of Ms Drayton. The end result of all this effort was the first issue of the newspaper, which we published just ahead of the Christmas break. You can read the first issue of Aspire by visiting the ARK Kings academy website.
Big Plans for 2014
We’ve got big plans for Aspire in 2014. Our aim is to publish a new issue of Aspire every term and to encourage contributions from a wide range of students from all Years and Forms.
We know that the newspaper industry is changing rapidly and we want to make sure Aspire reflects these changes. More of us than ever before are consuming news online, whether on a PC, our mobile phones or a tablet. For this reason we have set up this website, which will exist alongside our once-a-term print newspaper.
We also know the news is made is also changing. News stories increasingly start off on, or are shaped by, discussions on social media sites such as Facebook. Journalists are also more likely to work with large sets of data and use photos, videos and sound to tell stories in ways that are exciting and informative. In the months to come you can expect to see videos from YouTube, photos from Instagram and audio from Audioboo featured in Aspire.
Aspire is all about giving students of ARK Kings Academy a voice. Aspire can’t exist without you. We want you to get involved in whatever way you can so that Aspire goes from strength to strength. Even if you don’t fancy the idea of writing for Aspire, there are plenty of important and fun ways to help out, including:
- Giving your feedback on the first issue of Aspire and how we can make it even better.
- Suggesting ideas for what stories we should feature in Aspire.
- Sharing with us any photos or videos you have taken at school events.
- Helping more people discover Aspire by handing out copies of the newspaper and sharing the online edition with friends and family through Facebook
The Newspaper Club meets after school (4 – 5 pm) every Thursday in classroom 3-1. Please come along to find out more or speak to Ms Drayton.