More than 700 school children visited the offices of Cayman Free Press in October as part of the company’s 40th Anniversary celebrations.
The purpose of their visit was to see behind the scenes of the Caymanian Compass newspaper to learn how it is put together each day.
‘The process of producing a newspaper is fascinating’ said Karin Frewin, Marketing manager at CFP. ‘As part of our 40th celebrations we wanted to involve schools and give them the opportunity to bring their students in and see first hand how it all works.’
Students were given a tour of the building, which included all the main areas of work including journalism and news, advertising and sales, production and printing and distribution.
They were able to interact with CFP staff, ask questions, see how equipment is used and learn how printing machinery operates including the Goss press, which runs at 20,000 copies per hour and takes about 40 minutes to print the Compass each day.
‘It’s been a really good educational experience for us’ said Ann Ralli teacher at Cayman Prep and High School. ‘The students have been able to see the real people behind the newspaper and the different processes involved. They have learned how responsible each person in their individual job is to the production of the whole paper and the importance of teamwork.’
Some of the Prep students are studying Macbeth this year and are putting together a newspaper front page based on the play.
‘What they have learned here today will give them some really good ideas about how to write and lay out those pages’ she said.
Participating schools included Red Bay, John A Cumber, Cayman Academy, Triple C, Prospect Primary, St Ignatius, Savannah Primary, Cayman Prep High School and First Baptist Christian School.
‘It has been fantastic to see the interest of the young people in our newspaper and our company’ said Brian Uzzell, managing director of CFP. ‘We employ over 75 people here at CFP and they have done a great job to make school tours as informative as possible for the students.’