Friday, May 05, 2006

The first UK nationwide newspaper for children is out today. The front page story features David Beckham and other celebrities wishing the paper well.

First News will be on sale every Friday. Its news coverage is in some ways similar to the stories covered on Newsround. The first issue has 24 pages covering sports, school, tv, and interesting stories from home and around the world. There is a news feature on kids' rights which deals with the basics of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Other sections in the first edition include the environment, animal news, showbiz, star interviews, local elections explained, science, gadget ratings, books and programmes to watch out for. Newsround's special investigation into arson at school receives a recommendation.

The newspaper makes good use of colour and includes jokes, games, puzzles and competitions.

Newsround-Bias.Blogspot rating 7/10 - maybe higher in future weeks if First News does a little more to empower kids in a way that Newsround has singularly failed to do.

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