Aspiring reporters, budding young writers and photographers are being given the chance to work on a newsletter project – and get their work published in the Mail.
New contributors are being sought to work on the Speak Out newsletter which is distributed in the Harborough district every other month.
And the Mail is teaming up with the Enable Youth group, which runs the newsletter, to give space in the Mail for the submissions of young people aged between 10 and 19.
Later this year, the Mail will devote space to Enable Youth to write about what interests and matters to them.
Mail deputy editor Alex Blackwell will be working with Enable Youth to work through their newslist and collaborate on the content in the Mail.
He said: “The idea is for this to be led by the young people, for the young people. We want them to dictate the news agenda and to write about subjects that are important to them.
“Seeing your work published is a thrill and we’re hoping young people will get on board – you never know, they could be the Mail reporters of the future.”
Sian Ponting, who works for Voluntary Action South Leicestershire’s Rural Youth Voice project which supports Enable Youth, said: “This is a fantastic new development for us to be working alongside the Mail on Speak Out, and we want to really showcase young people’s passions, interests and experiences – you don’t need to be the best writer to take part, just have loads of enthusiasm and an interest in the world around you.”
The newsletter sees 500 copies printed each edition and it is distributed to Harborough district schools, youth centres and libraries as well as given directly to local councillors.
The team meets at The Settling Rooms in Harborough fortnightly on Tuesdays.
To get involved, email email@example.com or call Sian on 07576 021 144.