School paper is shortlisted for national awards

The editorial team from last years Alnwickist keep their fingers crossed for a trip to London.
The editorial team from last years Alnwickist keep their fingers crossed for a trip to London.

A school newspaper, which is printed inside the Northumberland Gazette, has made the shortlist of a media competition.

The Alnwickist, which is writted by pupils from the Duchess’s Community High School, as well as Alnwick’s Lindisfarne and Duke’s Middle schools and Alnwick South First School, all part of the Aln Community Schools Federation, has made it to the last round of the Shine 2013 School Media Awards.

The Duchess’s school has been shortlisted in three separate categories: best newspaper; best feature article and best overall editorial content; and is one of 30 in the country to make it to the finals.

The team which created last December’s issue of the publication will now go to London on June 24, to see if they have won their category.

The shortlist was announced last week and judged by a 14-strong team from the media industry.

Lotty Thompson, English and media teacher at the high school who oversees the Alnwickist, said: “I am over the moon about it, but I also think it’s well-deserved.

“The Alnwickist is a great newspaper for all of the schools in the federation, and deserves wider recognition. I’m so glad for the students that they now have that. It will be exciting to see if we get any further.”