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Hold the front page: student joins newspaper takeover

Published on 25/04/18

A Cromer Academy student has made the headlines after taking over a major regional newspaper to highlight the issues facing young people in East Anglia.

Year 9 student Sophie Scarff was one of 12 young journalists from across the region who edited the Eastern Daily Press for its Young People’s Takeover on Monday, April 16.

The team visited the EDP headquarters in Norwich to put together articles for publication in the newspaper’s website and print edition, tackling issues such as bullying, lowering the voting age, and why young people matter to the community.

They spent time shadowing newsroom staff and saw how the daily newspaper is put together.

Supported by the Inspiration Trust and youth charity MAP, the takeover aimed to give a voice to the region’s young people, as well as providing invaluable experience to the next generation of journalists.

Sophie said: “I really enjoyed meeting new people, and seeing how they put together the newspaper articles and how focused they were on reporting the issues.”