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News Day Success

After months of preparation, School Reporters in Leicester and Leicestershire made the news for real on 13 March. Watch their bulletins through our interactive map and listen to our interviews!

The News Day on Thursday 13 March is the culmination of the BBC News initiative.

Today, schools from Leicester, Loughborough, Shepshed, Hinckley and Melton Mowbray made the news for real.

The 11 to 14-year-olds covered breaking news stories as well as broadcasting prepared reports on a range of topics including internet safety, dyslexia and increasing cinema prices.

"Watch the BBC News School Report bulletins through our interactive map, which links to each school's website."

The Big News Day

The young reporters had until 14:00 to complete their reports, their news bulletins were published on their school websites by 16:00.

Watch the BBC News School Report bulletins through our interactive map, which links to each school's website - Babington Community Technology College, John Ferneley High School, King Edward VII School, Redmoor High School, Riverside Business and Enterprise College and Shepshed High School...

School Report 2008 - John Ferneley High School

Listen: Summary of the Day

Students from Shepshed High School reported on this year's Budget as well the BBC's Sport Relief.

Reporters Ben and Ashley both 13 spoke to BBC Leicester's Chris Baxter about their journalistic journey...

Steph Young, Head of English at the school, explained how the day unfolded.

"It's been very, very frantic today. The students worked all the way through their lunchtime to make sure that their vox pops are absolutely spot on."

Listen: Starting Out

BBC Leicester Julie Mayer's spoke to some of the youngsters and teacher Louise Gilbert at Redmoor High School in Hinckley to find out what they have planned for their moment in the spotlight...

School reporters at Babington College

Listen: Why Take Part?

Reporters from John Ferneley High School in Melton Mowbray prepared a report on the application for a wind turbine farm in Leicestershire.

BBC Leicester's Ben Jackson spoke to 13 year old Alex, 14 year old Rosie and 13 year old Jack about what it means to them to be a part of our Schools Report scheme...

The Day's Plans

Below was a news-making process the schools used as a guideline to meet their deadline...

  • 08:30 - 09:00: Find and choose newsworthy stories.
  • 09:00 - 10:30: Gather the news and ask questions about the story.
  • 10:30 - 11:30: Write the news and compose headlines.
  • 11:30 - 12:30: Assemble the news - put words (headlines) and pictures together.
  • 12:30 - 13:30: Order the news - put the news stories into an order according to newsworthiness and audience.
  • 14:00: Broadcast and display the news for others.
  • 16:00: Put the news bulletin on the website.
Comedian Jason Finn with two school pupils

Practice News Day

In order to prepare for the big news day, Babington College reporters bagged an exclusive interview with comedian Jason Finn, he performed at the Leicester Comedy Festival 2008.

This rehearsal day helped the students put theory into practice and honed their newsroom skills.

Reporter April, from the college said, "I was the reporter for the radio report and it was quite hard interviewing Jason as we had to make sure we had prepared him on the the sorts of questions we were going to ask."

Find out more about the preparation news day and listen to the interview...

BBC Leicester would like the participants to send their photos and feedback from the day to our web address -

Well Done Reporters!

last updated: 13/03/2008 at 17:24
created: 13/02/2008

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