Meet the Haverstock Press Pack!
The Journalism Project is Haverstock School’s very own team of roving reporters. Fourteen students from Year 7 to Year 9 meet each week to tackle real journalism assignments.
Whether they’re interviewing movie star guests like David Bradley (of Harry Potter and Dr Who fame), reviewing exciting London events like MCM ComicCon, or investigating serious social issues, the team work together to research and plan each feature in depth. Every student has a chance to learn about new issues, meet new people, and get fully involved.
Since 2015, their work has been published in a wide range of press outlets, including the UCL Amnesty International Journal, On the Hill magazine, Social Work Helper magazine, and the Ham & High newspaper. You can see a few highlights here:
Interview with actor Warwick Davies, On The Hill magazine
Set report from the Paddington 2 movie, On The Hill magazine
Feature on disability rights, Amnesty International Journal
Interview with artist Alketa Xhafa Mripa, Amnesty International Journal
Interview with actor Manu Bennett at MCM ComicCon, Talking Comic Books
Feature on the Journalism Project itself, Camden magazine (page 27)
When asked what they like best about the Project, Year 9’s Yusuf replies: ‘It offers you more experience than any other club. Other extra-curricular activities focus on one thing only, but in the Journalism Project we’ve interviewed all kinds of people from psychologists to actors to social activists. If I wanted to become a radio presenter and I said I was in film club, that wouldn’t be enough. But with Journalism Project, I can tell them all the different subjects and interesting people we interviewed.’
Year 8’s Iman says: ‘It’s so diverse and inclusive. Even if you’re not in the interview for an assignment, you still get involved. Miss doesn’t let anyone slack off! We all ask questions and think what the reader would like to know. It’s just amazing and I love it.’
And Year 8’s Tasim says: ‘I like doing interviews and also doing the research – you find out so many facts you didn’t know before. I’d say to anyone, you should join the journalism project because it’s fun to do and you can learn about different things.’
If you know a student who’d like to get involved, why not ask them to see Ms Danielle Corgan in the Library on Tuesdays from 3.30.
With thanks to John Lyons Charity, supporter of the Journalism Project.