On Saturday 18th February, four members of the Cardinal Newman School Report team (Aurora, Jude, Lily and Emma) visited BBC New Broadcasting House in London to take part in two workshops with students from other schools, youth ambassadors and representatives from mental health charities.
In the morning the students contributed to an “audience insight” session for Radio 1, helping to ensure that the concerns and interests of young people around the subject of mental health and wellbeing will be taken into account.
After being treated to lunch in the BBC canteen, the budding journalists took part in a discussion about topics such as the language we use to talk about mental health, what schools can do and what young people would like to see covered in the media in this area. They were very gratified to see the BBC School Report team collating their input for use in the planning of News Day, the 16th March, when School Report teams around the country will be reporting on issues affecting their communities. The Cardinal Newman team will be off timetable all that day, working in the Library to put out a range of news stories by the broadcast deadline of 2pm.
The day ended with a tour of the Radio 1 studios. Apart from seeing where some of their music idols hang out before “Live Lounge” sessions, the students also got a glimpse of the Newsbeat studio, where radio journalists broadcast several times a day.
The students were inspired by the content of the day as well as having a really good time!
Report by Miss Bird (BBC School Report teacher)
Our budding journalists have been busy learning about all the necessary skills required for a career in journalism in preparation for the big day in March when we go live with our BBC School Report.
The BBC School Report Team
Last term, we have been practising our interview skills and writing technique. You can view our work here:
Rehearsals are currently under way for our school production of Billy Elliot. Our budding journalists met with the cast:
- Behind the Scenes with the Billy Elliot Cast (Mariam, Student Reporter)
- Interview with George who is playing Billy Elliot (Maha, Student Reporter)
- Interview with Seth who is playing Mr Braithwaite (1st Oct) (Maheshwari, Marina + Eva, Student Reporters)
- Interview with Seth who is playing Mr Braithwaite (2nd Nov) (Adam, Student Reporter)
Our School Open Evening was held in October and some of our budding journalists took the opportunity to interview parents on their thoughts about the evening:
- Cardinal Newman Open Evening Success (Maddie, Student Reporter)
- A Night to Remember at Cardinal Newman (Aurora, Student Reporter)
Previous BBC School Reports
On Thursday 10th March 2016 our BBC School Report Teams spent the day being BBC Journalists and putting together reports about stories that really mattered to us.
There were 6 news groups: Rio 2016, Childhood Obesity, Social Media, Homelessness, Holiday Prices and Fines, and the Zika Virus: A Disease of Misery.
It was a fantastic experience for our budding journalists who got to brainstorm ideas, do research, organise interviews and then put the whole piece together. You can see their work below: