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Young Reporter’s Challenge

By March 30th, 2021No Comments
A poster for a Young Reporters' Challenge from March 2021.

Fancy yourself a budding journalist? Enjoy creative writing or research? Then we have a challenge for you.


To mark the end of Women’s History Month, we’re running our Young Reporter’s Challenge for young people aged 12-18. This activity requires you to think about the lived experience of the women working at Gretna during the First World War.


We’re asking you to complete the following activity and send it to us at


All entries will be formatted to create a vintage newspaper, a PDF of which will be sent out to you all as a memento to print at home. We will also display your work online so it gets the attention it deserves!


Write a short newspaper article of at least 350-500 words (longer articles are welcome too) based around one of the incidents detailed in the Google Drive folder below: Young Reporters’ Challenge – Google Drive


So long as you make some use of this material, you are free to use your imagination to fill in any gaps!


Your article might take on the following forms, or you might have another idea of your own.


  • An interview with a woman involved in one of the incidents

  • An account of life as a women at HM Factory Gretna

  • An interview with a Gretna Girl about life at the Factory

  • A report on one of the accidents at the Factory

  • An obituary for someone killed in an accident at HM Factory Gretna

  • A report on the dangers of working at the Factory


The closing date for entries is 6pm on Sunday 18th April.


Please include your name, age and location in the email with your entry!

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