Ninth grade students at South Island School got the opportunity to experience life as a journalist as part of a recent classroom project. One of many Book Week activities, it involved journalists and writers visiting the school to speak to students, who in turn wrote 'front-page news stories' based on what they had heard. Ward Van De Vloed said a journalist should make an event interesting to readers. Ward, who met a sports reporter, found that job appealing. 'I was impressed when he told me that he tried to make readers feel like they were actually there where the event took place,' the 14-year-old said. Ward said he would prefer the life of a sports reporter because they rarely went to dangerous places and there was less risk involved. On the other hand, he acknowledged that travelling to new places would help him become more aware of the world. 'When we read the newspapers, we usually think that these things would not happen to us,' he said. Thirteen-year-old Alex Markwell said he liked to read about major events, like the war in Bosnia. 'Students were required to meet a deadline, which made the assignment more real,' said English teacher Tim Miller.