January Practice News Day
- School Reporters put their journalism skills into action for the third Practice News Day of the 2012-13 academic year
- The seventh annual 2012-2013 School Report News Day takes place on Thursday, 21 March
LATE UPDATE: News in from Bo'ness Academy, Falkirk, where pupils got out and about for Practice News Day, heading to their local Tesco to interview shoppers about Scotland - with a few Burns Day questions thrown in too.
Whilst they were out, the rest of the class were in a computing suite creating their own reports. Well done everyone!
LATE UPDATE: A belated shout-out to Tobermory High School on the Isle of Mull who are doing Practice News Day on Friday. Weather is the topic of the day. There's no snow, so they're looking at heavy rain. A hard-working team of nine are working on the edit.
1720: Well that's it for another Practice News Day.
Thanks to all those schools who took part and we hope you feel more ready for News Day on 21 March. You can read about the day's highlights here.
And you can listen to School Reporters from Hameldon College in Burnley interviewing BBC Radio Lancashire presenter Alison Butterworth.
If you were not involved today then please do not worry as there is one more Practice News Day taking place on 15 February.
However if this date falls during your half-term or on an inset day then why not run one on a date more convenient for your school timetable.
Just let us know when and we'll give you a mention on the School Report website ticker.
1651: A big shout out to Tobermory High School on the Isle of Mull which is holding its Practice News Day tomorrow.
Good luck and hope it goes well!
1648: Evelyn Grace Academy in Lambeth got its reporting team for 2013 together for the first time yesterday and began with a "what is news?" discussion before starting to think about some school-based stories they can report on for News Day.
Top of the list so far is to interview some of the Year 11 students who previously did School Report, including one of them who is now part of the youth parliament. They plan to speak to their brand new principal too.
The Year 8 students will be making the most of Miss Dutton's library and their school's green screen facilities to produce their report in the coming weeks so watch this space!
1643: Newcastle School for Boys has just published its report into Racism in Football called The Beautiful Game in Darkness.
Students there have spoken to Sunderland's Jack Colback and Newcastle United's Jonas Guiterrez.
1620: Year 7 reporters from Burlington Danes Academy in west London have been handing in news stories to lead teacher Ms Pretsell all day! She says they are being uploaded right now "which is very exciting.
"Roll on News Day!"
1600: Pupils at Bishopbriggs Academy, the first school in Scotland to be judged excellent four times by Her Majesty's Inspectorate, has produced its own report on what this means to them.
While Callum operated the camera, Collette was the reporter and, after it was all over, she said, "It's good fun but it's really stressful."
In total, 29 students from the third year have taken part today and have shared out the responsibilities to produce video and written stories.
Topics covered include self-harm, President Obama's inauguration, iPads for those with additional support needs, and the norovirus. They're hoping they'll be finished by the end of their day!
1552: The Gumley House Convent School in Isleworth got into the School Report spirit on Thursday, researching and reporting on a range of stories for Practice News Day.
Student Stella was editor for the day, and explained how she went about her task. "At first it was quite pressured," she said. "But then I started to enjoy it."
Listen to her reflections here.
1545: Fullbrook School have overcome some technical difficulties to send us some pictures from their day working at the University of Surrey's broadcast studios:
1536: Ruislip High School's School Reporters have been writing articles and canvassing opinion on a wide range of events.
Among their reports, they have covered the recent visit by Brixton Rocks author Alex Wheatle, last week's theatre trip to see Goodnight Mister Tom, whether schools should close for snow days and the changes to A-Levels.
1527: Some superb content from 14 Year 9 School Reporters at Newcastle School for Boys, who have been busy working on their reports since 1pm. They have split into four groups to work on several different stories.
Keen to look at racism in football, Kurran, Alex, Adil, and Patrick managed to interview Premier League footballers Jack Colback and Jonas Guitierrez. Their teacher Peter Tanton was amazed at how "confident" and "fearless" they were when interviewing the footballers.
The group as a whole have been fairly fearless when sourcing interviews as Chris, Ethan, Sam, and Max even attempted contacting HM Revenue and Customs for a statement to use in their story which investigates the effects of the recent changes in child benefits.
And if the two sports stars were not enough, School Reporters Suhail, Daniel, and Jonny are writing up a piece about the Olympic swimmer Chris Cook, who visited their school.
Last but not least, Myles, Orrin, and Cameron have been making the most of the stories around them as they have chosen to investigate the delivery of school meals and the challenges that affect the catering staff at their school.
Their reports, pictures and updates are being uploaded now and can be found here.
1520: Well done to the School Report team at Deansfield Community School in Wolverhampton, who just missed their 1400 GMT deadline but produced some fantastic written and video reports on the recent snow and its impact on school uniform, BBC Radio 2's story-writing competition, and sport reporting on the controversial ballboy incident in last night's Swansea v Chelsea game.
1517: The reporters at Marden High School have finished their reports for the day and are now watching them back:
1514: Students from Hameldon College in Burnley got the chance to speak to Alison Butterworth, a reporter and presenter on BBC Radio Lancashire.
She told the young reporters that she hadn't thought about wanting to be a journalist until she was in year 8. And Alison said she got used to getting up early in the morning because she loved her job.
Her top tips for the students were "be polite and don't shut up", "keep asking questions until you find out what you need to know" and "try and find ordinary people who have done extraordinary things".
1510: Latest update from Tendring Technology College.
Cameron from Year 9, who was in charge of editing their story on gun and knife crime, said: "We did some really good filming but when it came to editing, the system crashed! But I managed to recover all the lost footage and get it edited together.
"My highlight from today would be learning to use all the software. I expected I wouldn't be able to understand it but I'm really glad I did!"
The School also reported on the trip made by some students to Ypres in Belgium using footage filmed out there.
Lead teacher Valentina says the main lesson they learned today as a group was time management. Editing video and actually uploading it to the computers takes a lot of time and it's something the reporters need to think about on the main news day.
1500: The day is drawing to a close for School Reporters from Cedar Mount Academy, who have visited the BBC's MediaCityUK base in Salford.
They have been so busy but have had fun.
Scott said: "It's been a once in a lifetime opportunity. I didn't think when I started media studies I would get a chance to do anything like this. My favourite moment was when I got to sit in the sports studio and got a taste of what it would be like to be a presenter."
Well done team!
1455: The School Report team at Clyst Vale Community College in Devon are working hard on Practice News Day.
They are researching a range of issues, including online safety, the GCSE shake-up and local flooding problems.
1452: School Reporters from De La Salle Academy are clearly worried by David Cameron's referendum proposal over Britain's membership of the European Union.
Their main concern is whether the Champions League will keep going!
1444: It's been snowing up and down the country this week, and School Reporters at Whitley Academy in Coventry have used it as the theme for their Practice News Day coverage. They launched their January Winter Wonderland project, with a brand-new blog and some audio clips of their vox pops with their teachers, friends and family.
1433: Students from Cedar Mount Academy have finished their tour of the BBC Sport Centre at MediaCityUK and are now visiting BBC Radio 5 live. They are chatting to 5 live's interactive editor Will Cooper, who's explaining how he makes sure the station is well represented online.
1420: The School Report team at Wildern School in Hampshire are completing their reports, and have covered a really wide range of topics.
"Students have focused on whether the Olympics has really 'inspired a generation', whether our school dinners are healthy, the impact of athletes using performance-enhancing drugs and whether health and safety is making or breaking a generation," says teacher Miss Wells.
1410: School Reporters from Cedar Mount Academy in Manchester are taking full advantage of their trip to see behind the scenes at the BBC's MediaCityUK base, with a visit to the BBC Sport set giving them the chance to see how how it feels to be under the studio lights!
1401: Latest update from Marden High School in North Shields: "Our reporters are putting the finishing touches to their news reports, frantically editing them down as the upload deadline approaches."
1345: Students from Fullbrook School in Surrey have just finished interviewing scientist Jim Al-Khalili OBE. He said "they did a very good job"!
1342: Young School Reporters Jaz, 12, Tianey, 11 and Jordan, 12, from The Towers School in Kent have spent the morning having media training using computers and video cameras.
They then put their training into practice by filming around the school and interviewing sixth formers about the tests they took recently.
Jaz says they have learned that the interviewee must be facing the interviewer and not looking at the camera, which is hard to remember at first. Jordan told us that it had been a "really good experience" and said that she had not been nervous as she had her two best friends Jaz and Tianey by her side!
Excellent team working from The Towers School!
1336: Students from Cedar Mount Academy are watching the 1.30pm sports bulletin going out live in the sport newsroom at BBC MediaCityUK.
Ali says: "It's exciting!"
1332: If this was the main News Day, students would have less than half an hour to finish preparing their reports before the 2pm deadline.
Check out how schools did on last year's News Day.
1321: Marden High School's weather team Alex, Hannah, Christopher and David have been filming their piece to camera as they continue to work on Practice News Day:
1315: The School Reporters from Fullbrook School seem to have had a great time on their visit to the University of Surrey's broadcast studios (see 1135 entry).
Year 11 student Laurel said: "It is a great experience and all of us have learned so much about the tech involved in a TV studio."
Daisy from Year 9, said: "Interviewing the guests was great but the responsibility was a bit scary."
Her fellow Year 9 student Abby added: "Working on sound is really fun but nervewracking."
1305: Well done to the St Angela's Ursuline School, whose School Reporters have managed to upload two stories to their website.
1300: It has been all go for the De La Salle Academy team at BBC Radio Merseyside today - but at least they had time to stop for a group photo.
1257: We have just signed up our 900th school for this year's project! All the paperwork you need for the project is here.
1249: The De La Salle Academy reporters at BBC Radio Merseyside have moved on to interview Steve Coleman, who produces the station's Breakfast Show.
Among other things they asked Steve about what pressures he faced in his job?
Steve was also asked: "What's more important, curiosity or confidence?" to which he replied: "You can learn confidence, but you need curiosity to be a journalist."
1244: School Reporters from Hillcrest School in Birmingham are looking at how schools close when it snows. Their school was closed for two days in the bad weather.
1238: More news from BBC Radio Lancashire's Shelly Harvey on Hameldon Community College's visit to the station.
Sanjiv Buttoo showed the group the Gram Library, which is not used any more, where vinyl records and CDs were stored in the past.
They also saw the TV studio, where local news stories are recorded, and visited the radio studio.
Later some of the students are going to do vox pops to go out on Radio Lancashire this evening. They are going to ask what people's best recent day out has been, in relation to a study about how it can cost £250,000 to raise a child.
One group interviewed BBC Radio Lancashire presenter Alison Butterworth and learned about how to edit a radio interview, while later students will be interviewing presenter Joe Wilson in the Radio Theatre.
1234: The 15 students from Newcastle School for Boys had a preliminary session this morning, where they planned their news stories for the day.
They will be back at 1.00pm to start producing their text and pictures.
One report by School Reporter Kurran on racism in sport will feature interviews with two Premier League footballers - Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback and Newcastle winger Jonas Guitierrez.
1229: Around 40 students at Clyst Vale Community College in Devon are reporting on a broad mixture of stories today, from horse meat to GSCEs.
Toby (Yr 10) has been a School Reporter twice before and is helping to mentor other students today. He's really enjoying sharing his experience and giving advice to others and says everyone is doing really well.
Autumn (Yr 8) is working on the GCSE language story, asking teachers and pupils at the school if they think languages should be compulsory or not. Her group is filming interviews with the help of mentor Simon Clemison from BBC Spotlight. They are also doing a survey to gauge general opinion.
It's the first time Autumn has done School Report and she says she is really enjoying it but is also finding it a bit stressful at times!
They have promised to send in some photos shortly, so we look forward to seeing those!
1224: BBC Radio Lancashire's Shelly Harvey has been with a group of students from Hameldon Community College, Burnley on their visit to the station.
They were given a tour of the studios by assistant editor Sanjiv Buttoo and also sat in on the morning planning meeting, where they discussed the main news stories for the day and ideas for Friday.
Some of the stories they talked about were a local stunt man who appeared in Les Misarables, a report of high suicide rates among farmers because of financial pressures and a local minibus which was drilled into by thieves to steal the petrol.
Sounds like a busy morning - and there will be more updates to follow shortly.
1218: The Gumley House Convent School School Reporters are researching a range of stories.
The production team has selected the international story about American women soldiers being allowed to fight in the front line as the lead, with the national/international story of HMV being bought as their second one.
The third story is the horse meat controversy, over which a girl from the team has taken part in a silent protest organised by her stables. The fourth story is the 'Jimmy Savile Tweenies' story, and the final three stories are about Gumley news, sport and a final national story.
1216: From royal baby names to snow closing schools, pupils at Hillcrest School, Birmingham are busy setting the news agenda.
Skekinah, 12, says they have been surveying students to see what royal baby names they like. Diana and Kathy were popular girls' names, while pupils thought William, Henry, John or James would make good male royal baby names. "People are really curious to see what name William and Kate will choose," she says.
Students are also looking at A-level changes. Kamo, 15, says they'll be interviewing A-level students to see what they think.
Snow has also captured the students' imagination after their school was closed for two days because of the weather. Isra, 13, says they will look at why schools close. And she says her teacher has even written a poem about the snow.
1210: The De La Salle School Reporters are enjoying their morning at BBC Radio Merseyside:
1205: The team from Cedar Mount Academy has just finished interviewing Newsround presenter Hayley Cutts at BBC MediaCityUK.
Hayley told them that David Cameron was one of the favourite interviews she has done - and she revealed that she once had to interview a goose!
Reporter Shannon said: "I was nervous at first but once it was over I was happy. Hayley made us feel very welcome."
Florin added: "I really enjoyed asking Hayley a question. It was strange but exciting walking into the big open-plan Newsround offices and seeing everybody working."
Hayley even praised the School Reporters for asking such good open questions!
1154: School reporter Jo from Tendring Technology College in Essex says everyone is working hard and well on Practice News Day. He says they are working on a gun crime story, looking at statistics and interviewing some people from America. They're working on coastguard and St John ambulance stories too. If that is not enough, they are also interviewing students from the school who went to Ypres in Belgium. Here you can see the students working on their gun crime story:
1138: What do pupils think of secondary school league tables?
The 2012 ones were published today.
Here, BBC School Reporters from Horbury Academy, Wakefield gave their views about ranking schools in this way.
1135: School reporters from Surrey's Fullbrook School are at the University of Surrey's broadcast studios for the day.
They are checking out all the equipment they will be using and preparing questions for their guests. They plan to interview some of the university's high profile professors, including professor of theoretical physics Jim Al-Khalili, and they are going to ask student ambassadors at the university about the difference between school and university life.
1129: Students at Hillcrest School in Birmingham are in full swing, whittling down their story ideas for Practice News Day. This is their fifth year doing School Report and 34 students from years seven to 11 are getting stuck in.
1127: Pupils at Gumley House Convent School in Isleworth are busy writing up their stories for Practice News Day, including a piece on the controversial 'ballboy incident' at the Swansea v Chelsea game last night.
Adele, 13, was keeping tabs on the Chelsea game as she and Alex, also 13, are going to review the Brentford v Chelsea FA Cup tie this Sunday. She says; "Alex is a massive Chelsea fan and I support Brentford, but we're going to try and keep it unbiased and professional."
They're also covering the recent shocking discovery of horsemeat in burgers being sold in supermarkets, and HMV going into administration.
1120: Marden High School have started preparing their reports after this morning's editorial meeting:
1115: Understand the Higgs boson?
This week School Reporters from Belfast High School in Northern Ireland landed an interview with leading physicist Steve Myers who helped in the search for Higgs boson. He is the director of accelerators and technology at Cern, the European organisation for nuclear research.
1103: School Reporters at Wildern Academy are already hard at work as you can see from these photos:
1059: Jade, Catherine and Emilia from Tendring Technology College in Essex are filming the introduction to their story on the 60th anniversary of the East Anglia floods.
1053: We have just learned that Castle School in Pembrokeshire are warming up for News Day by taking part in today's Practice event. Good morning to you all!
They have conducted interviews for two stories they are working on.
Students have spoken to the Holocaust survivors centre in London to mark this Sunday's Holocaust Memorial Day and have also interviewed the head keeper at Anna Ryder Richardson's wildlife park for a report on the ivory trade and the recent slaughter of 12 elephants.
1052: The De La Salle Academy students are now doing an interview in the BBC Radio Merseyside studios.
1038: Students from The De La Salle Academy are currently having a tour of BBC Radio Merseyside's studios.
1035: The Cedar Mount Academy reporters visiting BBC MediaCityUK are doing their research on Newsround presenter Hayley Cutts before interviewing her.
They watched Newsbeat reporter Natalie Jamieson's interviewing masterclass to help them think about what they need to do.
For top tips on how to do research effectively, read our new guide.
1025: Another school which has already reported for School Report is Park High in Stanmore. Pupils there learned about the Holocaust after a Football Association DVD was launched at the school.
Students reflected on the visit from Football Association chairman David Bernstein and Holocaust survivors Ben Helfgott and Zigi Shipper.
1016: Students have been preparing for News Day for a while.
Earlier this month, School Reporters from Holyrood Secondary School in Glasgow were inspired to investigate stars and outer space at one of the many BBC Stargazing Live events held around the UK.
Listen to them explain how it made them want to learn more about astronomy.
1005: How was your school affected by the snowy weather? Were you closed for a day or two, or did you carry on regardless?
This would be a good topic for students to report on today - and maybe they could find out why schools didn't have "snow days" when their parents were children!
0956: Students at Tendring Technology College are going to use Practice News Day to learn how to produce news to a deadline.
The 21 students and six sixth-form helpers will be looking at stories including the 60th anniversary of the East Anglia floods, gun and knife control in US and reporting on various local clubs such as St John's Ambulance and Sea Cadets.
We'll follow their progress throughout the day.
0947: Reporters from Cedar Mount Academy have just arrived at the BBC's MediaCityUK home in Salford. They've got a busy day of reporting in front of them, including an interview with Newsround presenter Hayley Cutts and a tour of BBC Sport.
0939: A belated shout out to Wildern School in Hampshire, who have just told us they are taking part today.
0933: The idea of our Practice News Days is to give students the chance to get used to the atmosphere of the real News Day. It also allows the chance to showcase some of the wonderful content which they have already produced.
In December, stories covered included the use of Twitter, the latest news from Newcastle United and Sunderland and interviews with all the candidates for the Young Sports Personality of the Year award.
0925: Marden High School in North Shields is already up and running.
We will follow their progress throughout the day.
0915: Treynae, Lauren, Liam, Matthew and Cortez - all School Reporters from Abbey Grange Church of England Academy in Leeds have been busy ahead of the new rugby league Super League season.
They've been preparing some questions to put to current champions Leeds Rhinos.
We look forward to reading their answers.
0911: A big shout out for those schools who have told us they are taking part today:
Abersychan School, Torfaen; Bishopbriggs Academy, Glasgow; Brondesbury College for Boys, London; Clyst Vale Community College, Devon; Fulbrook School, Surrey; Gumley House Convent School, Hounslow; Hameldon Community College, Lancashire; Hillcrest School, Birmingham; Manor Church of England Academy Trust, York; Newcastle School for Boys, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; Ormesby School, Middlesbrough; Ruislip High School, Hillingdon; St Angela's Ursuline School, Newham; St Lukes School, Hertfordshire; Tendring Technology College, Essex; The De La Salle Academy, Liverpool; The Samuel Lister Academy, Bradford.
0903: Schools up and down the UK are taking part and honing their skills for the main News Day in just under two months time on Thursday 21 March.
0900: Good morning and a warm welcome to our third Practice News Day of School Report 2012-13.