News Story Refection

It’s no secret that i dont find news writing the most natural of thing to do.

It has really taken a lot for me to understand the structure of writing news, I read some form of news everyday, its just going in at a really slow rate.

I do however feel i have got better over the year and will continue to work on this throughout the summer.

Of the two stories submitted for assessment, i think the council one was easiest, though my first draft was off the mark the final felt easier to write. I think it was down to the nature of the source and the subject. Even though the subject is one i think is of massive importance, the meetings are very factual and i found i was not involved with the story i was just reporting on it.

The story of Papas fish and chips was a fun one to do as i got to enjoy a portion myself. It was nice to be able to stand in line and watch people, and speak to the ones close to me.

As is usual with my writing it was easy in the beginning to go to feature like. I have tried really hard to keep to the news structure, and follow the rules,

Overall I am happy with the results and hope the hard work has paid off

Papa’s News Story


Capture 2.PNGFish and Chip Shop Serve 10,000 Meals for 1p Each

Hull fish and Chip restaurant served over 10,000 customers in one day, and only charged 1 pence per person.

Brothers Dino and George Papas, who own the  Papas food outlets,  with Dad Sid promised to do this after winning the BBC’s Best Fish and Chip Shop.

The cost of this estimated at £40,000. The standard price of a portion of Fish and Chips is £4.25

Mr Papas said: “we wanted to say thanks to our customers, it’s the least we can do”

Andrew Coleman of Dale Road Swanland said:

“It’s refreshing to have a business willing to take a financial hit, just to say thanks to their customers”.

Customers waited for over two hours outside both Willerby and Bilton restaurants.

Spirits were kept high by staff handing out cake and biscuits. They also held competitions such as jump the line. People were set challenges to move to the front.

An elderly couple commented that “it’s the little things like this that make them (the Papas family) special. They always look after their customers, and they remember people which it nice”.

The general feeling among the waiting public was good.

Only one person appeared to be unhappy. When she reached the front of the que and requested three portions, the cashier explained the offer was one per person, to claim three her family would need to be there.

In a frustrate tone she said:

“I knew there would be a catch it’s a disgrace. They can see I was waiting!”.

The response of the cashier was very kind. It was explained that if she could bring her family back, she would be able to go straight to the front with a note she was handed. This was an act of good faith as all advertisement clearly stated the offer was only for the people there.

Papas is a family run group, done on a very large scale. In December 2016, they opened the world’s largest Fish and Chip shop in Scarborough. This restaurant ran the 1p offer. This title will be lost by the end of April when the family open a 500-seater restaurant in Cleethorpes. This has created over 90 jobs in the town.




Council Meeting Story


Council Meeting




                   Children’s Mental Health Scheme receive £8 Million of Lottery Funding


8 Million pounds of Big Lottery Funding has been awarded to a Hull scheme aimed to improve the mental health of the city’s children and young people.

Head Starts primary focus is the help children adjust to the transition between primary and secondary school, then from secondary school to further education.

Anne Haywood, a counsellor specialising in children’s mental health said:

“Giving children a safe space to talk is essential. Early interventions really help, it gives them the tools that help in later life.

“It allows them time in a safe space to speak about what they want”.

It has been widely recognised that mental health issues affect all areas of life. The right support at an early age can reduce the need for support in later life. Providing provision for early intervention is key.

In a recent study, it was proven that around half of 10 to 14 year olds suffer with lack of sleep due to anxiety and stress.

Hull is one of only twelve locations across the country, including Kent, Cornwall, Birmingham and Cumbria taking part.

The team have been working since January to have all resources embedded, and a full programme is ready for the beginning of the next school year.

During a meeting of Hull City Council’s Early Support and Lifelong Learning Overview and Scrutiny Commission it was said:

“All secondary schools have been signed up, alongside most special schools and pupil referral units”.

The reasoning for schools not participation was noted for a variety of reason, however, none of which was down to Academies or Academy affiliation.

The scheme has accepted that some schools currently have counselling services in place, and have agreed the pre-arranged contracts will be allowed to run their course.

For the schools not signed for the scheme, a reduced service is to be offered.

Head Start will work alongside the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service known as CAHMS who provide 24/7 crisis care, and help co-ordinate counselling services alongside any other provisions needed.