The SCMP Young Post Student Reporters Programme is all about learning through news reporting, writing, editing and designing, and also taking press photographs. If that sounds like a fun, meaningful and educational exercise, it is because all those elements are there. It was launched as a pilot scheme last April, and 44 local secondary schools were recruited by the South China Morning Post through random selection. The project's aim is to promote the use of English among secondary school students through editing and producing their own school newspapers. The four-month programme involves professional input from the SCMP and guidance by appointed school mentors. Organisers hope young participants will learn to exercise their critical thinking and become more aware of the people, events and issues around them - be they social, economic or political. The programme provides extra resources for participating schools to edit their existing English-language newspaper, or in some cases even to launch such a paper. With the proposed inclusion of liberal studies in the school curriculum, news reporting and editing - which certainly 'broadens students' knowledge base and enhances their social awareness', as promoted by the Education and Manpower Bureau - will prepare many students for the new senior secondary core subject. Seven awards have been created to recognise students' outstanding efforts, though it has been stressed throughout that the process, rather than results, is what really matters. For the competition, all 44 schools were asked to produce an eight-page tabloid (just like Young Post) using the same publishing software, Microsoft Publisher. A three-day, two-night training camp was organised in the first week of November. Participants were all to submit their school newspaper on February 28. As you will see in the following pages, the SCMP Young Post Student Reporters Programme has promoted not only English learning but also the importance of teamwork and social awareness. It has taken participants out of the classroom and introduced them to the world of journalism.