Wave shows that the future looks bright
Wave – a newspaper written entirely by the young people of Leicestershire can be found inside the Leicester Mercury today. We are delighted to see their work in print after weeks of hard work to put the first edition together. A group of young people have been meeting weekly in Leicester's Central Lending Library to write their articles and discuss ideas.
They have been mentored along the way by a small number of adults, including staff from the Leicester Mercury.
However, all the words and pictures which appear in Wave today have been written or sourced by young people aged from eight to 25.
We hope, that like us, you are impressed with the results. The Wave team, which is growing all the time as more and more people get involved, have shown great motivation to hit their deadlines and create a broad range of articles – from exposing crime to theatre reviews.
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Sometimes young people get a bad press in the way they are portrayed in the media.
We hope that Wave will fulfil its aim to give this generation a voice and dispel a few stereotypes.
Certainly our experience of working with the Wave team has so far left us hugely impressed – from the numbers of children and teenagers turning up wanting to get involved, to the breadth of the articles they wanted to cover.
This is the first edition of Wave.
There will be at least five more, which will be published on the third Wednesday of every month.
We hope that our readers will enjoy the articles and support the idea.
We also hope it will inspire our younger readers to get involved.
From our experience of working with these young people, we can safely say the future of our city looks bright.