Participants of R Sridhar's The Journo Journey programme
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Make your child a JOURNALIST!

A unique newspaper-making project for 8-18 year-olds staying in large housing complexes, gated communities and towers in India. 

About the programme

The Journo Journey program in newspaper publishing by Energenie Academy

A unique newspaper-making project for 8-18 year-olds staying in large housing complexes, gated communities and towers in India. They will form the editorial board and create content about your complex and its residents, and produce a 16-page colour tabloid that will be distributed within your complex. Sounds awesome, isn’t it?

The Process


If your housing complex has at least 20 youngsters willing to participate, we can go ahead.


The newspaper will be about your complex, by your complex's youngsters, and circulated within the complex


Nine key skill sets related to publishing. They will learn the art of news writing, will interview residents and hidden achievers, understand pricing and business modelling.


They will interview, write stories, hunt for ads, design them, learn reporting, editing, newspaper production, and finally circulate the paper within the complex. 


It's a 4-week project comprising over 30 hours of interaction and involvement with the Energenie team, both online and in person depending on location.


The society will not bear any cost. Each participant pays a mentorship fee, and the paper will be funded through ads the participants will be trained to get. 

What they will learn

Graphic Designing

Once the ads are in, they need to be designed, shown to the clients and approvals taken.

Space Selling

Simultaneously, they will also form teams to hunt for advertisements and sponsorships. This will pay for the cost of the newspaper.


Based on the stories, they will form teams to click pictures of people, events, unseen areas of the society to make it a colourful newspaper.


Once the articles are received, they will be trained to edit them in newspaper style.

Feature Writing

They will write profile stories, issue-based stories, interviews, debates, and portray achievers within the complex.


Next, they will have to interview residents, administration staff, society office bearers and other relevant sources for their news.


The participants will decide the content, hunt for stories, report on events within the complex, and learn to have a nose for news.

Project Planning

Now that the stories, ads and pictures are in, they will plan the finances, logistics of printing and deadlines of delivery.

Everyone stands to benefit

This project is so unique that it provides amazing takeaways for all the stakeholders!

5 steps to creating your newspaper

Initial meeting with housing complex authorities and parents to chalk out the details.

First edit meeting with The Journos to decide decide content, who to approach for ads, and decide on the overall structure of the newspaper. The decide on Energenie team will mentor the bureau in reporting, interviewing, and writing like a journalist.

Finalising the pictures and stories received. Designing the ads. Making the layout of the newspaper with the help of a professional graphic artist.

Wait with bated breath for the final published issue! Circulate it in your housing complex, take feedback.

Distribution of participation certificates to the editorial board with their parents in attendance.

Some sample pages

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Hear from the super proud parents and residents!

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It was one awesome project I was part of. It formed the basis of all that I have achieved today.

Mithila Mehta

The experience was overwhelming. It's a great, practical way to learn journalism hands-on.

Advaith Menon

Oh What a fabulous time we had - the edit meetings, writing stories, and seeing the final paper! Awesome!

Dr Rainy Surana

I learnt time management, team leadership and the way to deal with different kinds of people. Overall, it was an awesome experience!

Pooja Dalvi
Pooja Dalvi

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