Already 1,300 schools have registered to enter the free competition, now in its 11th year. They include entries from Malaysia, Nigeria, Europe, the Falkland Islands and Argentina.
Organiser Brian Robinson, ICT centre manager for Redcar and Cleveland education authority, said: "We ask them to produce the newspaper of the day, so the main news they use is the news of that day, and the sport is the sport of the day.
"We give them ideas for the feature article, and then the research for that can be done in advance."
The competition started originally as a local event for Cleveland schools, and in its first year it attracted a grand total of 12 entries.
Last year the winners were Kingscourt primary school in Catherington, Hampshire, for best primary newspaper, Manchester Grammar for best secondary newspaper, and Deer Park school in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, for best website.
There are prizes from IT suppliers RM of personal computers and digital cameras. The event is sponsored by Granada Learning and Millennium Schools, which also provides website services for schools.
The competition takes place on March 13 andor 14. Winners will be announced in June.
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