School Report hits the headlines in 2012
On Thursday 15 March, in over 1,000 locations across the UK, more than 30,000 young journalists will scramble to file their reports in time for the 1600 GMT deadline.
This is News Day 2012, in which classrooms up and down the UK become newsrooms, and 11 to 16-year-olds win national audiences for the stories they uncover.
An interview with the Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King is just one of the scoops obtained by this year's School Reporters, who also collared the leaders of all the country's major political parties.
In a series of wide-ranging interviews, they have already grilled PM David Cameron about the National Health Service, revealed the influence wielded by Deputy PM Nick Clegg's mother, discussed media ownership with Ed Miliband and cornered First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond for his views on the minimum voting age.
The scope of the project is illustrated by a unique clickable map, which links out to hundreds of school websites, putting their students' work on display to a wider audience.
The sixth annual News Day falls during a year packed with major events like the London Olympics and Diamond Jubilee celebrations, providing a bumper crop of reporting opportunities.
And more students are taking part than ever before.
"This is a historic year for the UK, so we invited every secondary school in the UK to join the BBC's 2012 reporting team this year," said School Report editor Helen Shreeve.
"I'm delighted that more than 1,000 head teachers have committed their schools to join our team by taking part in School Report News Day."
While 30,000 students will be making the news on the day, three times as many will have been directly involved during the year and Shreeve sees it as "a great opportunity for students to find out about news, and for BBC audiences to hear about the stories and issues that matter most to teenagers".Sporting heroes
In a new development this year, some 30 students - picked from every UK nation and region - are coming together on a "Big school trip to the Park": the Olympic Park in Stratford.
They have been given accreditation to an exclusive arena, the Copper Box, as for one special day it becomes a newsroom as well as a venue for handball, goalball and fencing where athletes will be questioned by students carrying School Report lanyards.
They will be joined by London 2012 Organising Committee chairman, Lord Coe, who will preside over a live news conference where young journalists will ask the questions.
This is just one part of a jam-packed News Day, which features at its heart an online live events page, running from 0800-2000 GMT, and the School Report LIVE channel, running on red button and online from 0830-1600 GMT.
The live events page provides readers with the latest updates - and provide those crucial links to the school websites, where the students' reports will go on display.Across the UK
The School Report LIVE channel will aim to bring further schools into the mix, featuring regular bulletins from students based at BBC studios at Television Centre and Millbank in London, and Salford's MediaCityUK.
All this will be supplemented by an extensive range of UK-wide, student-led reporting, which will aim to a capture a diverse range of stories of local, national and global significance.
With News Day content spread across the BBC News Channel, the Six O'Clock News, multiple radio channels, the red button all day, and the recently revamped School Report website, it is an opportunity to showcase news from an unusual and refreshingly youthful perspective.
The recently launched School Report mobile site will give the public another way to follow the day's events, and will also allow students 'in the field' access to School Report resources.
Usually, schools would have to wait until News Day 2013 for their next opportunity to get involved, but this year is different.
The UK is about to embark on a massive summer of sporting and cultural events, and School Reporters will be at the heart of it all.
Teachers interested in getting their school involved can register with the project now.