Calling All Budding Junior Journalists

Date: Friday 11 February 2011

Once again, Taylor Wimpey has teamed up with a series of Scottish & Universal local newspapers to challenge young, local budding writers to become junior journalists and write a short story about just what makes living in the local area so great.

With lots of prizes for every year group to be won – it’s a fun challenge that will offer a real insight in to the very best of local-life in every town and rural areas of West Lothian, East Ayrshire, North and South Lanarkshire through the children’s eyes. This year we’d like stories about local news, sport, green issues, family, what’s on in the area, health and perhaps even local personalities. There are prizes up for grabs for every year group and schools too – it’s worth checking out at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/juniorjournalist

As well as individual prizes, the winning entries will be published in their local newspaper, plus the winners in each category will also win a cash prize for their school that could be used towards books, computers or perhaps sports equipment.

Designed as either a short homework challenge, a bit of classroom fun or an individual project – Taylor Wimpey hopes lots of youngsters will join in as Audrey Ross, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland explains: “Across the whole of the west of Scotland, Taylor Wimpey is committed to building 18 developments of new homes, and our ‘Junior Journalist’ competition is a fun and educational way for Taylor Wimpey to get involved in each of those local communities.

“What makes life interesting within a local community means so many different things to children, and this year we've asked for stories that cover a broad range of subjects including local news, green issues, sport, family, healthy eating as well as the local area– so I'm confident the children’s short stories will make interesting reading!”

As well as individual prizes of book tokens, the winning entries will be published in their local newspaper, plus they will secure a cash prize for their school that could be used towards books, computers or perhaps sports equipment.

Peter McClurg, Marketing and Newspaper Sales Manager of S&UN said: "We are delighted to be once again be involved in this educational initiative, and hope it will be embraced by all schools. It will encourage young people to develop their writing skills and improve their knowledge of the communities in which they live. With even more prizes up for grabs, there will be more children who will have the thrill of seeing their writing in print and their schools will benefit from the fantastic prizes on offer. Our readers will also have the chance to find out even more of what our children think of the areas we call home."

Closing date for entries is Friday 11 March 2011.

This year, the top three entries received from each primary year group (P1-P7) will be recognised with book tokens. These winners will also win a cash prize for their school. The 2011 prize structure is as follows:

1st £25 book token school: £100

2nd £15 book token school: £50

3rd £10 book token school: £25

Categories

This year, pupils are encouraged to write stories across a broad range of subjects that relate to their local area. The judges would like to see entries on local news, sport, green issues, family, what’s on in the area, health and perhaps even local personalities.

Getting involved…

Get your class or school involved – download the entry form

Entries can be sent to any local Taylor Wimpey development in the west of Scotland – address details available from www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/newhomes/west+scotland , or directly to the participating newspapers.