WINNERS of The Herald's 2007 School Newspaper Competition were announced yesterday and the major awards went to schools where young journalists explored news issues affecting the wider community.
Scone High School and St Joseph's Primary School tied as producers of the best overall newspapers, each receiving a $2000 prize from sponsor Newcastle Permanent Building Society.
The Department of Education's regional director John Mather and Catholic Schools Office acting director Ray Collins were among 250 students, teachers, educators and business representatives who attended the event at EnergyAustralia Stadium.
Scone High School entry co-ordinator Joanne St Hill said her students had immersed themselves in current affairs during the competition.
Eighty-nine commendations and prizes were awarded during the presentation, recognising the efforts of students from more than 100 Newcastle, Hunter Region and Central Coast primary and secondary schools.
Scone student journalist Lauren Goode won the Secondary Young Writer of the Year award, earning a $500 cash prize and a week's work experience in The Herald's newsroom. Jessica King, of Avoca Beach Public School, won Primary Young Writer of the Year award and a $500 cash prize.
Budding shutterbug Samantha Duncan, of Kurri Kurri Public School, was named Primary Young Photographer of the Year, while secondary honours went to Karina Quero, of Wadalba Community School. Both won digital photographic equipment.
Entries for The Herald's 2008 School Newspaper Competition are now being accepted and vacancies are filling fast.
To learn more about the competition or obtain an entry form, visit http://www.theherald.com.au/schools/SNC.html or email firstname.lastname@example.org.