Spotlight on School Report

Rastrick High School students Katy Rhodes 14 and Davina Collins 14, with the help of Look North reporter Danny Carpenter, take part in School Repor.
Rastrick High School students Katy Rhodes 14 and Davina Collins 14, with the help of Look North reporter Danny Carpenter, take part in School Repor.

BUDDING journalists had their day in front of the camera to present the news across the world.

Year 9 students at Rastrick High School created a news story and presented live reports as part of the BBC News School Report Day 2011.

With the help of Look North’s Danny Carpenter, who helped film and edit their news piece on litter problems in schools and interviewed Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker, the reporters had their story showcased at MediaCityUK in Salford.

It was also shown on the BBC red button and the BBC School Report website.

Danny said: “This is the first time that I have done anything like this and I am really excited to be getting involved with the project. It’s great for youngsters to be taking a wider interest in the news.”

The team was involved in a broadcast from the centre in Manchester which was the first live programme from the BBC’s new base in the north.

From the site, 111 school reporters produced hourly sports headlines and ran the School Report survey desk.

As well as covering all the main news stories, their reports had to feature on their school’s website by 4pm when all the journalists had to file their reports and meet their deadline.

Amongst their usual school work, the students have been developing new skills including interviewing techniques, news gathering and writing and presenting news reports.

The BBC project is designed to engage 11 to 14-year-olds in all aspects of news reporting and help them develop an interest in local, national and global news. More than 30,000 children across the UK turned their classrooms into newsrooms for the day.