What’s the aim of the game?

  • To encourage young people to think about what matters to them and think about changes they would like to see.
  • To get the group thinking about issues they would like to campaign about.
  • To give young people the opportunity to develop their creative skills.

What equipment do we need?

Newspaper templates. 

Pens.

There is also an electronic version of this game for young people who prefer to use computers to type.

Game template

How do we play it?

1. Ask each young person (or pairs of young people or as a group) to think of one headline and story they would love to see in their local or national newspaper.

2. Fill in the newspaper template. Include a headline, the who, what, where, why and how of the story and make up some quotes.

3. Invite each young person to share their news story and ideas with the rest of the group.

How much time will it take?

This game should last about 45-1hr minutes, depending on the size of the group and how much discussion happens about each of their stories.

How can the activity be adapted and extended?

  • Ask each young person to draw a picture which fits in with their news story.
  • Find out which news story the group feel most passionately about,.
  • Ask the group whether they would like to campaign about any of the topics covered in their news stories. If yes, start planning your campaign!

What roles can staff and volunteers play?

Above all else be enthusiastic, encourage everyone to take part and make sure everyone’s voice is listened to.

If needed, HCAs, staff and volunteer can help the young people to communicate their ideas for a news story.

Staff and volunteers could also bring in examples of positive news stories from local or national papers.
Click here to download this game as a PDF