School journalists get expert tips

Special guest: Channel Seven's Mark Ferguson recently spent time with the Bonnyrigg Bulletin team.

Special guest: Channel Seven's Mark Ferguson recently spent time with the Bonnyrigg Bulletin team.

THE Bonnyrigg Bulletin will be around for some time to come, following its recent win of a $10,000 grant.

The Bulletin, Bonnyrigg High School's student-based newspaper, was declared one of the winners of Channel Seven's Champions of the West promotion.

The application was made by Danielle Freeman of the school's English faculty. She also serves as the co-ordinator of the newspaper team.

The Bonnyrigg Bulletin publishes stories considered to be significant to peers, staff and parents. It will soon branch out to include news from the surrounding community.

The media team intends to put the grant win to good use, buying much needed equipment that will help the team develop the extra- curricular activity.

It will also help the team gain independence, as it currently relies on other faculties to compose and print the editions.

The media team have been offered numerous opportunities over the past four years, including workshops with Fairfield Champion editor Matt Lawrence, in which the students are taught vital journalism skills. Their articles are published in the local newspaper.

They have also been visited on several occasions by Channel Seven news reporters. Chris Bath and Mark Ferguson were both happy to offer guidance and advice during their visits.

"The newspaper team is a great activity as it enables students to develop their writing skills," said co-editor Madasyn Baldassare.

Bulletin journalist Brooke Carrier agreed: "The newspaper team serves as a fun and interactive group".

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