If your kids are interested in the media, The Guardian have some great free workshopsnofollow on offer at their London HQ. This week the eldest and I had fun morning at a family newspaper workshop there.
We had to work to deadlines to create the front page of our own title. Education Officer Elli Narewska led the two hour session brilliantly, breaking it down to give a real idea of the reporting and editorial process. There were around ten children at the workshop, each with a parent or carer.
We used the same InDesign software which is used to produce the Guardian and the first task was to choose a layout. The eldest chose an A3 layout with five stories, but there were also layouts with two stories on offer. She then chose five stories for our front page from the twenty or so current news stories showing on the Apple Mac desktop screen in front of us. She decided to lead with the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech and then, in complete contrast, used the birth of Michael Buble’s baby as the second main story.