New video released in fifth anniversary year of Jill Dando News

New video released in fifth anniversary year of Jill Dando News

By Jill Dando News

Hundreds of children aged 8 to 18 have been writing real-life positive good news stories since the start of Jill Dando News in 2017.

Uniquely, they write real-life news from Jill’s home town and county of Weston super Mare and Somerset, but also across the UK and the world.

Now with the celebrations of five year of the initiative, a new video produced by Maven Ltd has been released showing the incredible work of the students.

With news now more bleak than in decades, the positive good news project looks brighter than ever.

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The project began when students aged 11 in Jill’s old school, Worle Community School academy in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset started Jill Dando News as a lasting and expanding tribute to her refreshingly positive style of journalism.

Since then hundreds of reporters have been through training with clubs, after school meetings, assemblies, and projects.


Professional journalists such as Jill’s brother, Nigel Dando, Emma Brittan, and a wide array of local, regional and UK journalists such as Sophy Ridge have helped the training.

Their real-life news assignments including interviewing the Prime Minister Boris Johnson three times, Fiona Bruce and a host more.

And it has expanded to Malawi, Africa just before lockdown in a project run by English teacher Sarah O’ Gorman of Priory Community School Academy.

She said: “Jill Dando News has been a terrific project and there has been huge enthusiasm from students since the start.

“There has never been a greater need for positive news in every town and city in the world.

Best-selling author Jeffrey Archer launches the Priory Community School Academy Jill Dando Centre, within half a mile from where Jill grew up.

In 1999, 37 year old, Jill Dando was BBC TV’s Golden Girl, the kind and smiling face of Britain, loved by millions.

Malawi bound computers given by Priory Community School Academy students, part of the Jill Dando News Centre

In that same year on April 26th her life was tragically cut short but her memory lives on through a fantastic initiative started at Jill’s old school.


She was quickly followed by Josh Keyes, Aimee Braithwaite and dozens of others.

Numbers have expanded to over 100 students aged 8 to 18 in schools across The Priory Learning Trust.

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