Whalley Range pupil wins journalism prize

Zainab pictured with Katherine Shakeshaft
Zainab pictured with Katherine Shakeshaft

Whalley Range High School student Zainab Imran has been named the Manchester Children’s Book Festival (MCBF) Young Journalist of the Year.

Students from all over the north west were invited to write about their favourite books, poems and authors for the MCBF Reading and Writing Relay.

Hundreds of fantastic articles were sent in but it was Whalley Range year nine student Zainab who took the top prize for  her interview with Time Riders author Alex Scarrow.

She was also awarded £100 of Amazon vouchers.

Zainab said: “It seems unbelievable but I am just so happy and looking forward to developing my journalistic skills in the future.”

Three fellow Whalley Range students received runners-up prizes of £20 Amazon vouchers.

Katherine Shakeshaft, Key Stage 3 English co-ordinator at Whalley Range, said: “We are thrilled with the achievement of our students, who have demonstrated journalistic skills learnt through Creative Writing Club.

“The students really impressed the MCBF team with their enthusiasm and fantastic articles about the festival. We think that these students could have a very bright future in the media industry ahead of them.”

  • You can read Zainab’s work on the MCBF blog.
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