Teacher resources: Finding news masterclass


BBC Radio 5 live journalist Karlene Pinnock has to find stories and guests for her programmes every day at work.

With stints on programmes like Newsbeat also on her CV, Karlene is an expert when it comes to the business of finding news and coming up with fresh angles and ideas for existing stories.

Watch Karlene's video to learn her real-life tips for spotting great stories and identifying the best people to talk to about them.


This video contains references to using social media - aimed at pupils aged 13 and over - which you should check you are happy with before using in the classroom.


More resources like this

Video: Finding news (3 mins)

Activity: Spot the sources (10 mins)

Quiz: Using Twitter safely as a journalist (30 mins)

Quiz: What is news and where to find it? (10 mins)


You can recap the key points from the video using the accompanying worksheet or read a transcript of the video:

PDF download Key points: Finding news masterclass [31.93]

PDF download Transcript: Finding news masterclass[23.22]

You can download this video in .mp4 file (30 MB) or .avi file (549 MB) format. See the guide to downloading files.



BBC journalists are increasingly using social media such as Twitter as a way of finding stories, information and ideas.

These sites can be fantastic sources of information but need to be used responsibly, especially by young people.

Read School Report's guide to using Twitter safely as a journalist for some top tips, while the BBC Webwise team have some great tips and information about how to use social media safely and responsibly.

Our masterclass videos are also available to download, either from the box above or from this link.

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

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