Highbury’s Green Team won first place in the Environmental Journalism Competition, run by Gosport and Fareham Friends of the Earth and The News, Portsmouth.
Students Gemma Wardle, Amber Nicholson, Thomas Kirton, Chris Langford and Max Shukla were rewarded with a cash prize by the local society, which they have chosen to donate to the Portsmouth Hospitals Thank You Appeal.
One of the students that took part, Amber Nicholson, said: “I’m glad it was a topic we were all quite interested in, especially with how important green issues are. But I think it was a challenge because we all had no real knowledge of sustainable fishing before the competition, so we all had to do a fair bit of research which was actually really interesting. There was a lot of things to think about but I’m glad it all paid off in the end. We got to meet and speak to some amazing people and I think that was the one of the best parts of it for me.”
The competition replaces Gosport and Fareham Friends of the Earth’s annual environmental debate aimed at local colleges.
Highbury’s team were given a list of four topics to choose from including, decarbonising energy generation, reducing consumption, making housing carbon neutral, and marine conservation and sustainable fishing. The team chose to write on the latter issue for their entry. They interviewed a variety of people, including Portsmouth University's Professor of Ocean Policy and Economy Dr Steve Fletcher, a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion Portsmouth and Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan.
Journalism Tutor Darren Sadler said: “I'm really pleased for the team. They worked hard coming up with story ideas for the paper. They were able to utilise their skills learnt in the classroom and put them to use in the real world. There were plenty of challenges along the way for the team, but they came up smelling of roses!
“I'm very pleased they have decided to donate the cash prize to the frontline workers of the NHS during these uncertain times.”
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