At Via News Didi, we believe in the power of student voice. Whether it's about vaping teenagers, cheating in exams, queer representation in the media or women in sports - we want to hear students’ opinions on the questions that matter.
Say hello to the News Didi’s 100 words writing contest!
We’re asking students from Grade 6 to 12 to complete the following sentence in 100 words or less
“If my school had its own newspaper…”
Participants should be students of Grade 6-12 anywhere in India.
There is no participation fee
Deadline to submit entries is 26th February 2023
We will consider original work only. No plagiarism writing shall be accepted
No more than 1 submission per student will be considered.
Students can submit their entries by clicking on the button below:
What do winners get?
The contest will have 2 winners
Winning entries for each contest
Get published on our website
Receive certificates of achievement
Are featured on our Social media handles
Win book vouchers worth Rs. 2000
How to write?
When imagining what your school newspaper could look like, we obviously want your imagination to run wild. Here are 4 samples to inspire you:
1. You could think of specific topics or issues that you would like your school newspaper to cover, like Vaidehi has thought about in her entry.
“If my school had its own newspaper, it would cover social issues like Poverty, Gender Inequality, and Lack of LGBTQ+ Acceptance. The newspaper will explain these problems in a way that all ages find it interesting. But along with giving the problems, the newspaper will give certain solutions to these social problems like guidance and counselling, spreading awareness, reviewing certain outdated laws and much more. The paper can also give insight and solutions on problems children/teenagers face, to make it more relatable, like lack of parental support or influence of social media.”
2. You could think about the impact that your school newspaper could have, like Prishita has talked about in her entry:
“If my school had its own newspaper, it would be like having a secret decoder ring for all the inside scoop and happenings around campus. Imagine the endless possibilities - front-page exposés on the mystery of the disappearing cafeteria cookies, or an advice column written by our school's resident philosopher-janitor. The newspaper could also serve as a platform for student voices, giving us the chance to share our thoughts and ideas with the community. Plus, think of all the pun-tastic headline opportunities: "News flash: school spirit still alive and well" and "School newspaper: the ink-redible addition to our educational journey."
3. You could imagine what the newspaper would look like, like Vaidehi has illustrated in her entry:
“If my school had its own newspaper, I would name it “The World in Print” (example). Its designs would be vibrant, colourful and unique so that everyone loves it! The newspaper will have both an online and an offline variant, so that it’s accessible to everyone in school! The newspaper will have interesting, solutions-based news, instead of boring and sad stuff like- ‘Nepal plane crashed ‘10 to 20 seconds before landing’, no distress call’.
The paper will have all the basic elements of a newspaper like the headline, byline and lead.”
4. You could tell us about what you would write for this school newspaper, like Sahil has in their entries:
“If my school had its own newspaper, I would use it as a gateway to my creative pursuits, filling it with colours and images of everything that my mind could imagine. As we would sit down as a team and decide our theme, my mind would be jittery with the overflowing thoughts of all the things I could weave together as a member of the creative team. As I read through the news gathered, I imagine the images that pop into my mind, draw them, sometimes click them as a photograph, collage them or outsource them from somewhere else.”
“If my school had its own newspaper, I would ensure that it does not delve into the doom of extremities. As an editor, my job might be the cruellest but the hidden heroes always ensure that their loved things are protected at a bitter cost. As I slash out lines, cut out phrases written by friends, change thematics by adding stuff written by follies and edit with honesty in my heart, I would be proud to oversee the production of a newspaper that is unbiased towards anyone inside or outside the school premises, a newspaper that fulfils its purpose.”