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Translink Little Reporters Competition: Bus and train week


The P5 class were guests in the newsroom after coming first in the Translink Little Reporters competition
The P5 class were guests in the newsroom after coming first in the Translink Little Reporters competition

As part of the 2017 Bus and Train Week celebrations, Translink called on Primary 5, 6 and 7 pupils across Northern Ireland to showcase their journalism skills by creating news reports on the importance of public transport to everyone who lives here!

Triumphant primary school gets on board with Translink

Pupils from Crawfordsburn Primary School paid a special visit to the Belfast Telegraph headquarters on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

The P5 class were guests in the newsroom after coming first in the Translink Little Reporters competition. They were met by Managing Editor, Darwin Templeton and Head of Local Agency, Lucy Dougan, who gave them a tour of the building.

The children also met Picture Editor, Peter Rainey, who explained how images were sourced for use in reports in the paper and online and were shown how the paper was put together on screen, using a special programme.

After posing for a picture outside the building, the children travelled to Titanic Belfast where they received a masterclass in journalism from Darwin.

The pupils helped write this story

“I really enjoyed the photoshoot. It was fun to get our pictures taken,” said Kasey.

Lucy, 9, said: “I liked seeing all the journalists at work,” while Sammie said: “I loved seeing the big TVs in the newsroom.”

Laura said there were a lot of stairs at Belfast Telegraph House, which she enjoyed climbing.

Aoife, Daniel and Eli all enjoyed seeing how the newspaper was made and how it went from screen to paper.

Ellie liked seeing the picture desk and how the photographs were chosen.

Top class lesson!

By Thomas Zimny

The P5 class at Crawfordsburn Primary have been  on a winning streak.

We won a trip to W5 and then we won the Translink Little Reporters competition!

On Wednesday last week, we had a masterclass in journalism at the Belfast Telegraph. P5 were taken to the room where the newspaper is made. The room had lots of TVs on the wall.

The reporters get information from the TVs and go out to interview people. They come back with their story and the Editor decides if it is good enough for the paper.

We also got to go to the Titanic Museum. The Titanic sank in 1912. It took a few days to spread the news that the Titanic had sank.

Today the news spreads quicker because of the TV and the internet.

Winning class is no sinking ship!

By Aogán Tormey

The excitement was palpable when it was announced that the P5 of Crawfordsburn P.S. had won the Translink Little Reporters Competition.

On Wednesday, June 21, the winning class travelled by coach thanks to Translink, from the school to the Belfast Telegraph offices.

Unfortunately, the bus driver took a wrong turn but we got to our destination!

Upon arrival, the party were met by Lucy Dougan, the Head of Local Agency.

Miss Dougan then escorted the children into the building where they met the Managing Editor, Darwin Templeton, who then took them into the News Room and showed them layout detail from the current day's paper and some content for the next day's paper.

The walls of the News Room were covered in video screens showing news feeds from other news agencies, such as the BBC and Sky News. The staff were watching for indications on breaking news stories that could be used in the next edition of the newspaper.

The party then returned to the coach and were taken to the Titanic Museum where they had a short break and had their photograph taken. Following lunch they received a masterclass in journalism from Mr Templeton.

The children were then split into groups, and taken on a tour around the museum, which included a treasure hunt.

The highlight of the tour, however, was not the items on display about the world famous Titanic, but the "terrifying" Titanic ride which appears to have made the most impact.

Another favourite spot which made its mark was the gift shop, where the children eagerly exchanged their spending money for treats prior to taking the coach back to Crawfordsburn P.S.

Far from being a shipwreck, the school trip was a roaring success!

Lucky little reporters learn the ropes

By Hannah Jackson

On Wednesday, June 21, the P5 pupils from Crawfordsburn Primary School got to go on an exclusive school trip to the Belfast Telegraph headquarters at Clarendon Docks. The pupils won the trip as a prize for a competition run by Translink as part of Bus & Train Week. We had to write a newspaper article on how useful public transport can be.

At 9.15am, the Goldline coach drove us to the Belfast Telegraph and we were greeted by the Managing Editor, Darwin Templeton. He then took us on a tour of the Telegraph offices. We were all amazed at the big TV screens, the size of the building and how quickly the journalists could type. It was really interesting to see how the pictures were put into the newspaper. Peter Rainey, the Picture Editor, kindly showed us how he found the pictures for the newspaper.

We thought it was awesome how he had two computers and how he could work between them both. I expected a newspaper office to look completely different to the big, bright offices we visited. I would not like to be a journalist, because it looked very hard work!

We then went to Titanic Belfast to have a masterclass in journalism from Darwin Templeton and Lucy Dougan, Head of Local Agency. They told us how to write a report. Then we had a tour of the Titanic Exhibition, which I thought was interesting and exciting.

Year 5 at Crawfordsburn Primary School would like to thank Translink, Belfast Telegraph and Mrs Meharg, for organising such a brilliant trip. We will remember our day out for a long time and we would recommend other schools to enter it next year.

P5 go to the Belfast Telegraph

By Saskia Trumpf-Pollock

I enjoyed watching and learning how to create a newspaper from start to finish.

I also liked the location of the Belfast Telegraph, close to the Titanic museum.

It was very interesting.

9 places to go by bus and train

We've selected some of the best places to visit in Northern Ireland, all of which you can easily get to by bus or train.

With a host of great value fares and no traffic or expensive parking to worry about, you can travel in comfort and style.

So, whether it's a family trip to the beach, a girls' day out shopping or an action-packed adventure with friends, make the smart move and get on-board with Translink.

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Bring the kids for a fascinating day out, uncovering how people lived and travelled 100 years ago. There are cottages, farms, schools and shops to uncover, as well majestic steam locomotives to explore. Hop on board the train and discover how transport has changed since days gone by.

St George's Market

Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of one of Belfast's best-loved attractions. Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, St George's Market is a treasure trove of fresh local produce, handmade crafts and live music. Just a short walk across the road from Central Station, it's the perfect way to while away a morning!

Carrickfergus Castle

Take a step back in time with a visit to one of the best preserved medieval structures in Ireland. With historical displays as well as cannons from the 17th to the 19th centuries, there's a lot to explore! To get there, you can hop on the bus or train.

The Giant's Causeway and North Antrim Coast

Pack a picnic and enjoy a day out at the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. Explore the legend of Finn McCool and discover the clues of his existence - including The Giant's Boot and Wishing Chair. Take Translink's bus and Goldline coach services there so you can sit back and enjoy the spectacular North Coast scenery as you travel.

Armagh Planetarium

Enjoy an 'out of this world' day out at Armagh Planetarium. Take a tour of the night sky in the Digital Theatre and touch the largest meteorite on display in Ireland - it's an amazing 4.6 billion years old! Thanks to a regular Goldline service, you don't need a spaceship to get there and it won't take you light years either!

Mount Stewart

Ulsterbus gets you right to the gates of this stunning 19th-century house and garden on the shores of Strangford Lough. Explore the beautiful gardens and enjoy a picturesque walk around the lake before taking a tour of the recently refurbished house.

Derry City

Take a trip to the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland. Soak up some history in the Guildhall and take a stroll along the Peace Bridge before hitting the shops or enjoying some famous hospitality in the many restaurants and bars. The city was recently named 'Friendliest Destination in Northern Ireland' so you will be guaranteed the warmest of welcomes. You'll be spoilt for choice for ways to get there, with regular bus services and a new hourly train timetable to the area.

The Outlet Village

Shop 'til you drop and stock up your summer wardrobe among some of the world's best known retail brands at The Outlet Village, Banbridge.

To get there, take a luxury Goldline service to Banbridge bus station - from there, hop aboard a handy Ulsterbus to the Outlet Park. With no driving or parking to worry about, you can get down to the serious business of bargain hunting!

Whiterocks Beach, Portrush

Pack your bucket and spade and enjoy a family day out at the beach! Awarded the prestigious Blue Flag Award, Whiterocks Beach is one of Northern Ireland's best-loved sandy spots - let Translink take you there by bus or train.

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