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BANTAMS HOST NEWSWISE FESTIVAL

5 March 2020

The Utilita Energy Stadium played host to schoolchildren and parents last week - as part of the week-long NewsWise festival in Bradford. 

The festival - held last Tuesday February 25 - was aimed at equipping children and parents with skills and knowledge to interpret genuine and quality news sources. 

This came in response to recent research revealing parents’ fears about the impact of fake news on their children’s lives.

Forty-one children and parents from Denholme and St James primary schools took part in the family event, with NewsWise teaming up with Bradford City FC Community Foundation and Bradford Stories to run it.

Activities and games were designed to help families develop educational skills to identify false or misleading information and seek out quality news sources.

Local journalists Mary Dowson and David Carpenter from BCB Radio also showed families how to spot reliable news sources and taught families about how a press conference works and their top tips on what questions to ask. 

The NewsWise festivals are an extension of the UNESCO award-winning NewsWise project, which was launched in 2018 by The Guardian Foundation, the National Literacy Trust and the PSHE Association - and funded by Google - to equip children from disadvantaged communities with the skills and knowledge to engage with, challenge and enjoy news.

Over the course of 2020, NewsWise will take its festivals to towns and cities across the UK, delivering weeks of fun and educational news literacy activities. 

Angie Pitt, director of NewsWise at The Guardian Foundation, said: “We were delighted to provide children and teachers in Denholme and St James primary schools with opportunities to understand news production, help them identify misinformation, bias, and opinion and seek out quality news sources.

“Thank you to Bradford City FC community Foundation and the journalists Mary and David from BCB - who volunteered to lend us their valuable insights."

Ian Ormondroyd, City's Community Foundation chief executive, added: "We were delighted to be working with the NewsWise team to help local families engage in the news together.

"It was great to involve Billy Bantam in the NewsWise event here at the club. He had a great time answering brilliant questions put to him by the children and parents taking part in the press conference.”  

For more information on NewsWise and the festivals and events they host, please CLICK HERE


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