High school students write their own story with Nirimba News

NEXT GEN: Blacktown Sun reporter Harrison Vesey (front) visited Riverstone High School to talk to the year 9 journalism students this term. Picture: Isabella Lettini
NEXT GEN: Blacktown Sun reporter Harrison Vesey (front) visited Riverstone High School to talk to the year 9 journalism students this term. Picture: Isabella Lettini

High school students have been getting hands-on with journalism as part of a new course designed in the Blacktown area.

Year 9 students from the Nirimba collegiate had the opportunity to pitch, research, write and publish their own stories for the world to see this year.

They also enjoyed workshops including a working in the media session with ABC producer Kate Witchard, and a photojournalism session with Wyndham College head teacher Ron Pratt.

The new journalism course was designed by Quakers Hill High School principal Lauretta Claus and Riverstone High School deputy principal James Witchard as an elective for gifted students with a keen interest in writing.

Jacintai Brady, 14, reported on a diverse range of topics including bullying and whaling. Some of her articles drew hundreds of readers, including hits from overseas.

“I just have a passion for writing and reading, and reporting on news that’s relevant to today. I like to report on issues that are occurring that don’t really get spoken about,” she said.

“It’s made me think about how writing can actually impact people’s outlook on certain subjects.”

Ethan Jamsek, 15, took the opportunity to study everything from women’s AFL to dad jokes.

“I like writing because I can learn more stuff about the world and stuff I’m interested in, like gaming as an example,” he said.

“It was a childhood hobby and I loved it so I wanted to write an article about it, and I found a lot of benefits.”