Budding Journalists win the news!
(Pictured below from the left: Will Quince, first place prize winner Layyina Tamanni, James
Cracknell of Tutor Doctor Colchester North, third place prize winner Olivia Etim,second place
winner Chloe Gregory and Sally Anderson-Wai of Write Wai PR & Copywriting Services).
Two entrepreneurs joined forces for the second year running to organise a writing competition for young people.
Essex Chambers of Commerce Member Sally Anderson-Wai of Write Wai PR & Copywriting Services and James Cracknell of Tutor Doctor Colchester North wanted to encourage young people to try their hands as newspaper journalists.
Aimed at 11 to 16-year-olds in North Essex and Suffolk, the competition was sponsored by The Gazette, Colchester and Dream 100.
First place went to Layyina Tamanni who was presented with a Kindle Fire by Colchester’s MP Will Quince and her school, The Gilberd, received £100 of Amazon Vouchers. Second place prizewinner, Chloe Gregory, of St Helena School, won £50 in Amazon vouchers and Olivia Etim, of Colchester County High School, was awarded £25 in Amazon vouchers for third place.
Sally Anderson-Wai of Write Wai PR & Copywriting Serices won a Colbea Award and a Lift Effects Star Award last year and was shortlisted in two categories of the UK Trust Awards (Most Trusted Business Leader and Most Trusted Media Company categories).
Sally said: “We had a high standard of entries from across the area and we had a difficult job choosing a winner. We chose Layyina’s entry as the winner as her subject is very topical, she is very passionate about her subject and it could influence people’s opinions for the better.
“As a former newspaper and broadcast journalist, I know how difficult it is to start a career in the media. Hopefully, our competition will give the three prizewinners a head start as they will have their articles published in the Gazette.”
James Cracknell said: “We wanted to challenge young people to demonstrate their writing and interview skills and offer them something worthwhile for their efforts.”
The judges considered that Chloe’s article was the best written entry as a news article and she had interviewed staff and pupils. Olivia Etim’s worked well as a column piece and she had introduced new angles on an old story.
After being presented with their prizes by Will Quince, the winners were shown around the Colchester offices of The Gazette, and had their articles published in the paper.