Oakham’s winning team from the SCOOP Journalism Competition claimed their prize of a tour around the offices of the i newspaper headquarters in Northcliffe House in London.
Jojo, Lizzy, Melissa and Joss were welcomed by Simon Hart, a freelance journalist who they had met during the competition. Simon introduced them to Sports Editor Ally McKay, with whom the students had an inspiring meeting in the editor’s office. Ally gave them an insight into the life of a sports editor and shared his passion for sport and journalism, which is conveyed in the articles he writes. The group discussed a range of topics from the headlines of the day, the editorial choices made under time pressure, the differences between publishing online and hard copy as well as the making of the newspaper.
The i is just one of the newspapers available in Houses at Oakham School and is also available in the Library. Created in 2010, it releases around 280,000 copies every day and the pupils were given issue number 2241 to take away.
The trip concluded with a look around the grand Northcliffe House, followed by a visit to the Design Museum in Kensington High Street, before returning to School in good time to complete prep! An ‘I’ opening day for sure!