Positivity, literacy and wellbeing boosted at Jill Dando News Centre

Over 100 students hear first ever annual Jill Dando Lecture at launch of the latest news centre in her name.

Enthusiastic students have launched a new state-of-the-art Jill Dando News Centre (JDNC) at The King Alfred School, an Academy, in Highbridge, Somerset to report on inspirational children, people and events to the wider community.

Jill’s brother Nigel gave the first ever Jill Dando Lecture which will become an annual event, giving tips on journalism and encouraging students to find more good news.

The centre, themed ‘good news worldwide’, has been set up in memory of Jill Dando, an inspirational and successful journalist born in Weston-Super-Mare, who died in April 1999 aged only 37. Other centres were launched in Jill’s old school, Worle Community School, and Priory Community School over the past year.
English teacher Ali Wray, said: “This is such an amazing venture. Today was fantastic and I am looking forward to all our future events. The students were incredible and today will be an event they remember for ever.”