PUPILS from Whalley Range High School, Manchester, got a taste of newspaper life at an event in Lancashire.

The students took part in a “newsday” at Edge Hill College of Higher Education in Ormskirk, designed to prepare them for the launch of their own school newspaper.

Led by Peter Butterfield, former Editorial Director of the Lancashire Evening Telegraph and first year Journalism tutor on Edge Hill’s BA (Hons) Journalism degree, the pupils produced a newspaper to deadline.

They did all the research and writing themselves and also had the opportunity to design and produce pages in Edge Hill’s industry-standard digital newsroom.

Whalley Range High School is one of eight institutions in the North West participating in The Enterprise Project, a Manchester Metropolitan University scheme funded by the North West Development Agency.

The project aims to develop “entrepreneurial learning” – that is, to help teachers introduce pupils to the specific skills of market awareness, financial planning and risk-taking which are associated with starting a small business.

As part of this project the school, which has just been awarded Business and Enterprise College status, is developing a programme of enterprise activity which will include the launch of a school newspaper. The students will be responsible for conducting market research, creating a business plan and securing funding in addition to the process of writing, designing, producing and distributing the paper.

Edge Hill’s Department of Media and Communication has links with the Enterprise Project through Tony Turjansky, who is Programme Leader for Journalism at Edge Hill and is also seconded part-time to Manchester Metropolitan University’s Institute of Education as Enterprise Adviser to the partner schools.