Newshounds crowned

Last Saturday the budding reporters that took part in the 2018 Castlemaine Mail Newshounds program were recognised at a special presentation held in the foyer of the Castlemaine Library.
Castlemaine Mail journalist Donna Thomas was pleased to announce that each school in the Mount Alexander Shire participated this year and 15 completed news pages proudly supported by sponsor Don were published in the Castlemaine Mail throughout the year.
The Mail team thanks all the talented students and wonderful teachers for their efforts to make the pages possible.
The winners this year for ‘Best Overall News Coverage’, judged by the team at the Castlemaine Mail, were Maldon Primary School.
The ‘People’s Choice’ award as voted by community members at Castlemaine Library went to St Mary’s Primary School.
Other award winners were as follows:
Best sustainability Story – Chewton Primary School for its article, ‘Who’s up for seconds’ about how the reuse coffee seconds.
Best Headlines – Maldon Primary School for catchy headlines like ‘Cheeky Chooks, ‘Super Safe Supervisor’, and ‘Happy Hospital Visits’ and their great use of alliteration.
Best News Photograph – Campbells Creek Primary School for its fantastic shot of students in costume for their book week parade.
Best coverage of a national news story – Olivet Christian College, for its story about their study of WWI.
Most creative page – Taradale Primary School – Taradale provided an abundance of material and used their space well.
Best sports story – Castlemaine North Primary School – For their story titled ‘Castlemaine North strikes with hat trick!’.
Best arts and crafts feature – Castlemaine Steiner School – for their article about their craft work.
Best feature photo – Elphinstone Primary School – for their ‘Paddock to plate’ photo.
Best Poetry – Harcourt Primary School for its ‘Imagery’ poetry.
Best Short Story – Langley Primary School for ‘Olympian visits Langley’.
Best Vox Pop – Newstead Primary School for its Vox Pop on ‘If I could do anything in the world, what would it be?’
Best Overall Design – St Mary’s Primary School for its wonderful design and extensive content.
Best Feature Story – Winters Flat Primary School for ‘Camp Marysville’.
Best Science Story – Castlemaine Primary School for ‘Super Science Days.’
Best News Story – Castlemaine Secondary College – for ‘Raising Rainbows’.
The Mail team will visit local schools which missed the awards ceremony next week to present their awards.

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