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Kegworth Times scoops first prize at ATOM Awards 2019

By Penny From Year 3 on the scene in Melbourne

The Kegworth Times has won the Upper-Primary School category at the Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Front Page 2019 competition.  

The first ever Press Gang meeting!

ATOM is a ‘not for profit’ organisation. This means that any money they make goes back into helping them to reach their goal. Their goal is to ‘empower students, teachers, parents and film enthusiasts to analyse and better understand the screen products we enjoy’. 

Kegworth Times Art Director Karen and Jr Press Gang member Penny accepting the award in Melbourne

In September, the Kegworth Press Gang entered their first issue of the Kegworth Times ’In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)interactive PDF into the ATOM Front Page competition. The theme was ‘The Future of Newspaper’. The Kegworth Times was one of four finalists and we were invited to attend the ATOM Awards Ceremony in Melbourne. 

I flew to Melbourne to attend the ceremony. I almost didn’t make it because I had to go to the hospital the night before! The doctors told me that I probably could not go on a plane. I proved them wrong and was allowed to leave the hospital two hours before I had to go to the airport!

Penny with mum Karen in Melbourne

The ATOM Awards ceremony was live streamed so that the Press Gang could watch it at school. I felt really nervous and had butterflies in my stomach. When ‘Kegworth Times’ was announced the winner, I was jumping with joy along with everyone who was watching from Kegworth!

Watch the Press Gang react to the news here

We won six iPads!

The judges thought that the Kegworth Times Press Gang worked really hard on their local news and stories. Kegworth Times ICYMI showed lots of ways to get kids interested in news and stories, like comics, a video interview with Mayor Darcy Byrne, an audio clip of the Senior Band playing ‘Happy’ and links to our awesome Kegworth Times website.

The Press Gang with parent volunteer Cat Rodie (can you see her?)

The best thing about the ATOM Awards wasn’t about winning cool prizes. It was meeting other kids who worked really hard on their school newspapers.Check out the other amazing school newspapers finalists from Hillcrest Christian College (Queensland), St. Joseph’s School (Victoria) and Canterbury South Public School (NSW) on the Front Page website

The Press Gang would like to thank parents Cat Rodie (Kegworth Times Supervisor) and Karen Wong (Art Director) for volunteering their time to our award-winning school newspaper.

Want to support the Kegworth Times? We’re looking for more parent helpers to get involved. Email admin@kegworthtimes.com for more info! 

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