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Young news hounds try hand at being a reporter

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 27, 2014

  • Paulet High School

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YOUNGSTERS swapped their school books for microphones as the wannabe reporters compiled their own news bulletins as part of a national journalism project.

Pupils from Paulet High School, based in Violet Way, Stapenhill, tried their hand at reporting the news as part of the annual BBC School Report news day.

Mother’s Day, social media and self esteem and Concorde were just some of the subjects the youngsters had to get to grips with before producing a news report from scratch.

Ellie Yates spoke to the Mail about her chance to be a reporter for the day.

The 13-year-old said: “BBC School Report has been a great experience.

“I have had lots of fun and the whole experience has been very rewarding.”

The 2014 project was the biggest ever with more than 30,000 school reporters from more than 1,000 schools around the UK involved.

The youngsters had to complete their reports by 2pm and have them on their special school website pages by 4pm

BBC School Report gives 11 to 16-year-old pupils in the UK the chance to make their own news reports for a real audience.

Using lesson plans and materials from the BBC website, and with support from BBC staff and partners, teachers help students develop their journalistic skills to become school reporters.

A spokesman for the school said: “This is the third year that pupils have taken part in the BBC project, which encourages pupils to take an interest in news, and the world around them and gives them chance to make their own news.

“A group of nearly 30 pupils had the opportunity to become journalists for the day, reporting on a variety of issues of both local and national significance.

“The pupils that took part had spent several weeks discovering what it was like to be a journalist and learning what rules they have to follow.”

To view some of the pupil’s report, head online to www.paulet.co.uk.

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