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Augher Central PS make the headlines with visit to Belfast Telegraph after winning Translink Little Reporters competition

Pupils from Augher Central PS made the news today after winning a major competition to visit Belfast Telegraph headquarters and see journalists in action.

The P7 and P6 class were guests in the busy newsroom after winning the Translink competition for Little Reporters.

They were met by Mark Fullerton, Media Solutions Executive, who introduced them to Belfast Telegraph Editor Gail Walker after a tour of the building.

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The pupils meet Belfast Telegraph Editor Gail Walker in the newsroom

The children also met Picture Editor Peter Rainey who explained how pictures are sourced for use in reports in the paper and online.

They were also shown how the paper is put together on screen by Deputy News Editor Claire Williamson.

The pupils later helped write this story during a journalism masterclass at W5.

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Journalist Claire McNeilly shares journalistic tips with the pupils

Benjamin McKeown (12) said: "It was fun listening to the interesting facts on how you write a story."

Sarah Carey (11) said the best bit was seeing the wall of TVs in the newsroom.

Lauren Robinson (11) said: "I found it interesting to learn how a newspaper is put together."

Alfie Greene (10) said: "The best bit was to get to put up an ad".

Cohen McIlaine (11) said he enjoyed getting a tour of the Belfast Telegraph, while Ethan McGirr (11) and James McLaren (11) liked visiting the boardroom.

Corey Brunt (11) enjoyed the tour of the Belfast Telegraph and Harrison Wright (10) said his favourite bit was the big TVs in the newsroom.

Ella Creddin (10) loved sitting in the big comfy chair in the meeting room, while Molly Keys (10) said: "My favourite bit was meeting the friendly Production Manager Irene and placing an ad."

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Pupils take notes during their visit at Belfast Telegraph HQ

Kate Millar (10) said she liked seeing all the pictures and maybe would like to become a photographer.

Jamie Kidney (9) said he liked watching the football on the big TVs.

Kyle Robinson (10) and Cameron Lewis (11) also said they enjoyed going to the newsroom and watching the TVs.

Kyla Robson (10) said she loved taking notes during the journalism masterclass.

Bobby Donaldson (11) enjoyed learning lots of things he didn’t know about newspapers.

Harry McLaren (12) said he loved the noise of the camera when photographer Kevin Scott snapped pictures.

Journalist Claire McNeilly, who ran the masterclass, said: “I’m delighted that Sarah Carey said she’s definitely going to be a reporter after spending a day at the Belfast Telegraph”.

Next stop for the keen pupils was a visit of W5.

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Pupils attend the journalism masterclass at W5

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