On Thursday 21st March, 60 Year 8 students, selected by their English teachers for their journalistic skill and enthusiasm, were BBC journalists for the day. The student reporters were slogging away at their desks as early as 8am, gathering the news stories that they felt passionate about, in the hope they would also interest visitors to the BBC School Report blog. The reporters worked in a simulated new room, with all its pressure and tight deadlines, to produce news to broadcast at 2pm. The story topics ranged from whether it is bad luck to be 13 in 2013, to the proposed closure of Rushcliffe Leisure Centre., from the new Youth Centre, to schools letting their teenage students start school 10am to catch up on their sleep!
With an email from Kenneth Clarke, a tweet from Si from the Hairy Bikers and a telephone interview with Gavin Sutherland from “Show Racism the Red Card,” the reporters gained exclusive access to local and national news stories. The day was exciting, stressful and unique. Year 8 students involved have commented:
“I would love to do it all over again” Edward
“It felt good that we had the responsibility and deadlines to meet.” Felicity.
“It felt like we were proper news reporters on the TV!” Sophie
Thanks go to Mrs Goad, Mrs Jacobs, Miss Hederer, Mrs Morley, the sixth form media students and the amazingly patient and helpful ICT support team. M Rutherford