THE stories have been edited, the headlines written, the photographs taken and the cartoons drawn. And on Tuesday, the students from the 96 schools who entered the Newcastle Herald school newspaper competition learnt if their journalistic efforts had resulted in recognition at the 2013 award ceremony at Hunter Stadium.
More than 300 students, teachers and parents from schools as far south as Gosford, as far west as Merriwa and as far north as Taree attended the ceremony, with more than $8000 worth of prizes on offer.
Now in its 25th year, the competition is sponsored by the Newcastle Permanent Building Society and involves student teams creating their own two-page newspaper, which appears within the pages of the Herald. Students must research and write articles, take photographs, draw cartoons and create an advertisement based on a theme supplied by the Perm.
Newcastle Permanent chief executive Terry Millett commended the students, teachers and principals for harnessing their enthusiasm for the project.
‘‘Future careers in media and design await many of you,’’ he said.
The best overall entries were awarded to Our Lady of Lourdes, Tarro (primary) for The Lourdes Voice and Merriwa Central School took out the secondary honour for a second year running with the Merriwa Mouthpiece. Caitlin Maher, from Our Lady of Lourdes, Tarro was named Primary Young Writer of the Year and Keira Egtberts, of Lake Munmorah High School, won in the secondary category.
The full list of award recipients are:
Special achievement: The Kotara School, Aspect Hunter School, Brisbane Water Secondary College - Croft Unit.
Best Cartoon – Secondary: Highly commended - Amara Woods and Amelia McLean - Swansea High School; Zoe Anderson - Rutherford Technology High School; Winner - John Kim, Callaghan College Senior Campus, Jesmond.
Best Editorial – Primary: Highly commended - Sara Mudryk - Stroud Public School; Caitlin Maher - Our Lady of Lourdes, Tarro;Winners - Tully Collison and Coco Tindall, Fern Bay Public School.
Best News Story – Primary: Highly commended - Amy Tan and Harriet Brindley - New Lambton Public School; Abby Morris and Caitlin Maher - Our Lady of Lourdes, Tarro; Winners - Cayley Cribb, Bonnie Grice and Thalia Simon, St Joseph’s Primary School Taree.
Best News Story – Secondary: Highly commended - Keira Egtberts - Lake Munmorah High School; Samriti Chaudhry - Gosford High School; Winners - Demmi Hilton and Anastasia Martin, Merriwa Central School.
To enter next year's Newcastle Herald school newspaper competition, download the form here.