Students in Shannon produce a newspaper in six hours and take part in an international schools journalism competition.

A classroom in Saint Patrick’s Comprehensive School in Shannon was turned into a newsroom for a school day. Ditching their desks, students competed with other schools from around the world in a competition to compile, edit and print their own newspaper.  

Information arrived The Times Network System (TTNS), a computerised news feed service used by newspapers and television news services around the world.  

The Saint Patrick’s students had prepared some articles in advance, but there is nothing like having a deadline to focus the mind,

There was a lot of hustle and bustle getting the last bits and pieces together.

Completed articles had to be abandoned at short notice when international events changed. NASA’s launch of the Discovery space shuttle is one example, 

It was really a big moment for NASA, but due to technical problems it was abandoned.

So with this under their belts do they feel they’re ready to enter into the world of journalism? 

We learned a lot, it was a great experience, but there’s a lot more to learn.

It also showed them how valuable teamwork is, says his fellow student, and got them all thinking about what they might like to do when they leave school,

I think it’d be a great career we actually had the opportunity to experience life in the shoes of a journalist.

This episode of ‘Jo-Maxi’ was broadcast on 10 February 1989.  The reporter is Antoinette Dawson. 

'Jo Maxi' was a youth lifestyle programme targeted at 10 to 14 year olds. The programme contained features on a broad range of topics including animals, fashion, music, books and profiles of young people voicing their views on various subjects. The original presenters on the show were Ray D'Aarcy, Geri Lalor, Clíona Ní Bhuachalla and Antoinette Dawson.