Practice News Day: Sign up for our December rehearsal
After the successful first Practice News Day of the 2013/14 academic year on 15 November, thoughts are now turning to the second rehearsal day on Thursday 12 December.
School Report will run a live text commentary page all day to keep people up-to-date with all the reporting going on in classrooms around the UK and we will arrange to contact your school for the latest news if you sign up.
Even if you don't have anything specific to report on, Practice News Days provide a great opportunity to brainstorm some ideas, do some research into stories and possible interviews or try out some technical skills ahead of the big News Day in March!
What you report on is entirely up to you. If you don't know where to start get some ideas by watching the Finding news masterclass.
Don't forget things going on right on your doorstep are worth reporting on too!
Remaining Practice News Day dates
• Thursday 12th December 2013
• Thursday 23rd January 2014
• Tuesday 11th February 2014
Are there any events being held in your school or local area that you may want to cover? Why not take the opportunity to do some planning with your students' and create your own school Planning Diary to help think ahead to future reporting opportunities.
With it being December maybe you could give your reports a festive theme?
Perhaps your school is doing a special end of term performance that you could report on or interview the cast and crew involved?
It will be three years since students rioted in London as MPs voted to raise tuition fees - is this still a concern for students in your school? Why not do an investigation or develop a report about future careers more generally?
And Practice News Day falls in a week of award giving with the National Book Awards, British Comedy Awards,Sports Journalists' Association Awards,Nobel Prize in Physics and the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award all taking place - has your school get any award winners or special achievers? If so why not do an interview!
Earlier that week it will have been Human Rights Day - you could use this as a 'news peg' or starting point to do a story relating to young people's rights or maybe there is an issue that your students particularly want to investigate further.
Whatever your students' reporting plans are - either use the time to research and develop their ideas further or, as with the main News Day in March, work to a 1400 GMT deadline to create video, audio and text-based news before publishing it on their school website by 1600 GMT.
Don't forget that to be involved in December's Practice News Day, schools need to have returned at least one of the forms needed to take part in this year's School Report.
Planning to take part?
Please let us know by contacting the School Report team or using this form, stating which Practice News Day date in the comments field. We will contact you to find out what you are up to on the day and give you a mention: