Junior Journalist Update

Date: Tuesday 29 March 2011

There’s still time to get your stories written......

The closing date for Taylor Wimpey's Junior Journalist challenge in association with Scottish & Universal local newspapers has been extended until Friday 6 May, 2011 to give young, local budding writers even more chance to become junior journalists and write a short story about just what makes living in their local area so great.

There's already been some fantastic stories received, but we'd love to see even more. In particular we're looking for entries from children in Primary one, two and three!

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 schools too – it’s worth checking out at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/juniorjournalist.

Designed as either a short homework challenge, a bit of classroom fun or an individual project that could be undertaken during the Easter Holidays– Taylor Wimpey hopes lots of youngsters will join in as Audrey Ross, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland explains: “Throughout the west of Scotland, Taylor Wimpey is building new developments in 18 locations, and our ‘Junior Journalist’ competition is a fun and educational way for Taylor Wimpey to get involved in each of those local communities. Living in Scotland means so many different things to local children– and the entries we've received so far have been amazing.

"There's clearly been lots of effort from many schools and individual children to get involved, but we'd love to hear from some of the younger primary age groups and in particular primary one, two and three.”

Peter McClurg, Marketing and Newspaper Sales Manager of S&UN said: “We are delighted to be involved in this educational initiative, and we’ve already seen some exceptional entries from many schools, but we'd love to hear from even more children to get a real flavour of life in their local area.

"This project has already encouraged young people to develop their writing skills and improve their knowledge of the communities in which they live.We've been delighted with the stories we've received so far, but we need more and in particular I'd love to hear from some of our younger members of the community. We've extended our closing date to encourage even more children and their schools to get involved. And for those schools who need help to get their entries to us, just call 0800 783 6530 and we'll arrange to pick them up from you.

"With lots of 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 area we call home.”

Closing date for entries has been extended until Friday 6 May 2011.

Prize Structure

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


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 – entry forms can be downloaded here (www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/juniorjournalist) or log on to any of the participating local newspapers at:

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