Students set up newspaper

Last updated 12:31 01/08/2012
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On time: The UHC Prophet’s online editors Carla Williams and Tamara Donnelly.

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Upper Hutt College students will, from today, be better in the know about what's happening around them with the arrival of The UHC Prophet, an "online newspaper by students for students".

The idea of year 13 students Tamara Donnelly and Carla Williams, the Prophet will publish fortnightly on the college's website and carry the work of what they hope will be an increasing number of student contributors.

"We've got other people helping already. Courtney Poole will bring us up to date with what's happening on the student council while Keegan Fisher and Josh Pattersonwill cover our sports reporting," Tamara says.

"We hope a few more people will want to help, want to get get stuff published, take photos or just let us know when something is happening," Carla says.

The paper will give students the chance to showcase their school work, usually not seen by all the 1200 students at the college.

Students' work in art, photography and media are areas of student life that immediately appeal as likely to work well with the paper's goals, Carla says. "But there will be more. Also it will allow and encourage students, from all years, to have a say about issues and to be able to say it in their own words," Carla says.

"Yeah, maybe what's bugging them or something they think is really good but might not be known about through the place," Tamara adds. The two fledgling editors are planning to augment "hard news" with regular columns, get-to-know profiles on teachers, competitions and more.

"And letters to the editor, we hope," Carla says. The pair have taken the move to setting up the Prophet in the third term of their last college year and they will hand over the reins for next year so are especially keen for current year 12s to get involved early.

"We've got good support from the Ascot Cinema who are sponsoring the paper by providing movie ticket prizes for our competition winners," Tamara says.

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