Journalism students are to write stories about life in Newfoundpool to create a newspaper and news website for the community. Two groups from the BA (Hons) and MA courses at DMU are responding to a request from residents to publish articles that challenge perceptions about the area. People in Newfoundpool are also being encouraged to submit news story ideas to be covered by the students. Newfoundpool has faced a number of challenges in recent years. Over the past few months, a group of residents have been working with DMU to create a forum involving representatives of the NHS, Police and city council to work together to overcome some of the issues being faced.
Residents, who are proud of progress being made, asked whether a newsletter could be produced for people to be made aware of the work being done and to encourage others to play their part in the community. Students in DMU’s Journalism department have taken the residents’ idea to their hearts and pledged to go one better – by creating a 12-page newspaper for the community.
Overseen by DMU’s Director of the Leicester Centre for Journalism in the Leicester Media School, John Dilley, the students will operate a newsroom operation from DMU on December 5, gathering and reporting stories from residents throughout the day. The stories will be sub-edited and published on a Newfoundpool news website on the day and also designed into a newspaper to be delivered to the community at the Newfoundpool Christmas Party on Dec 13. Students were briefed on some of the potential news stories for the area today and they are very keen to start working with residents to write stories about life in Newfoundpool. Anyone wanting to submit story ideas can email them to Mark at DMU Square Mile on firstname.lastname@example.org