Hard-hitting issues like knife crime and underage drinking have been near the top of the agenda for pupils at Plymouth's St Boniface's Catholic College.
The boys have learned from their experience
They have spent the day researching all sort of topics and writing articles for the school's website.
Their stories have also been turned into video bulletins, which are being screened on the school's internal television system.
Teacher Paul Scott said the day had been exciting but hard work. But he said the boys had also learned from the experience, not least from a youth advice website they used for researching teenage drinking.
"They found an interesting website, called Talk to Frank, so this has raised awareness among them, although we haven't had an awful lot of issues with it here."
Callum, a Year 7 pupil, researched the subject for the article.
Quoting BBC research, Callum uncovered some fascinating facts about the extent of the problem, including suggestions that 10% of 13-16-year-olds have bought their own booze, despite the nationwide ban on under-18s buying alcohol.
Other subjects covered by the pupils include global warming, this week's storms, youth football and the transition from Year 6 to Year 7.