YOUNG reporters at a Carlisle primary school are keeping fellow pupils up to date with all the news.

The School Scoop newspaper was launched at Robert Ferguson Primary School almost two years ago, and is going from strength to strength.

It has been so well received, there is now talk of adding podcasts and other features.

To help the budding journalists hone their skills, News & Star reporter Pam McGowan has been holding workshops with the School Scoop team - made up of year five and six pupils.

She talked to them about what makes a great news story and gave them an insight into the News & Star production process, while the young journalists impressed her with their ideas for future stories and features.

The newspaper comes out each term in paper form and is also shared digitally on social media.

It includes news stories about all the year groups, sport, world news, recipes, interviews with staff, puzzles and jokes.

Some recent talking points have been articles on Brexit and climate change, as well as fun news from across the classrooms and clubs.

Ciaran Hanley, 11, said: “It allows children from all over the school to find out about what’s happening in other parts.

“It allows children to voice their ideas and opinions, not just the adults.”

Harley Pattinson, 11, writes a lot of the sports articles. He said: “I’ve really enjoyed writing articles and interviewing different people.”

Mhia Thompson, nine, takes photographs and also writes stories, recipes and other features.

“I think it’s important because lots of people read it and enjoy all the features,” she said.

Editor Rosie McDougall said: “I love being the editor of the newspaper. I enjoy helping the other children check their work. I’ve really enjoyed being in the newspaper team as one day I would like to be an author.”

Year five teacher Aoife O’Farrell: “Pupil voice is really important to our school. The School Scoop was set up to give them that platform, and to help develop a love for writing.”

The latest edition was the last for many of the team, who are now heading off to secondary school, but there are some younger pupils keen to get involved after the summer.