School Reporters on their voyage of selfie-discovery in London

Pupils from Llandovery College look at the 'selfie'

At 05:45 on Thursday 13 March, five of the Llandovery College BBC School Reporters set off from rural west Wales to head to the BBC's London HQ.

On our journey up to London we rehearsed our interview questions and made sure our portfolio was perfect, displaying all the work we had done to date.

At 11:10 we stepped off the train in London Paddington. For some of us this was our first time in London.

We were all so excited.

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Image caption New Broadcasting House - BBC's flagship building in London

I cannot explain the immense feeling of wonder that I felt standing outside the impressive BBC New Broadcasting House, thinking today I am going to work here as a journalist.

I don't think I will ever forget it.

When we arrived we met Nisha, a BBC producer, who organised the day and introduced us to Josh, the cameraman for the day.

She then showed us around the building before we started our work.

The 11-floor building of glass was amazing and none of us had ever seen anything like it before!

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Image caption There is a dark side to selfies


Our first task for the day was interviewing Diana Parkinson, a renowned Harley Street psychologist.

We all headed up to the top floor in the glass elevator to the room with microphones hanging from the ceiling.

We were all amazed to discover that she is originally from Sketty in Swansea.

Her interview made us look at the psychological side to taking selfies.

We learnt that selfies can have serious effects on self-esteem if they are taken in the wrong way and that even a small negative comment on a selfie can really hurt someone.

However, they can also have a really positive effect on self-esteem.

Behind The Scenes

We didn't realise how much work is involved in the interviewing process.

Although it took 20 or so minutes to do the whole interview, only a small amount of it will be used in our report.

We were surprised at how heavy the mics were and how difficult it is to hold them steadily too.

After our interview, we had the rare opportunity to visit the Radio 1 studio and Live Lounge and just by chance, we took a selfie with Scott Mills!

For our report we needed to take selfies around the building, India took selfies in the Live Lounge, Olivia took selfies on the balcony above all of the researchers on their computers and Manon took selfies next to a Dalek.

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Image caption The selfie phenomenon looks like its here to stay

It was really fun to do it with all the proper filming equipment that Josh had!

Just before the next task we spotted Hugh Dennis entering the BBC building.

The first thought we had when we saw him was 'let's ask for a selfie' and so we did!

In school we gave out selfie surveys to other pupils and from doing this we had data to include in our report.

We needed to think of a creative way to feature them on our report so we went outside and used cards with pictures of people from the BBC on them.

We made numbers out of the cards and it looked amazing on the camera! Josh had the most amazing equipment ever!

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Image caption Selfies are also a big tool in marketing fashion

Live It Like Beyoncé

After being creative for a while it was time for another interview, this time with Karla Evans, TOPSHOP's junior fashion and social media writer.

Much to our surprise, she too was originally from Swansea.

We couldn't believe it.

When we arrived we were taken to the very room Beyoncé was in the last time she was there.

Topshop held a competition where you had to send your selfies in wearing jeans from Topshop which led us on to the fashionable side to taking selfies.

We learnt that selfies are a fun way to express yourself, your personality and your style and shouldn't be taking too seriously.

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Image caption The selfie will never be exterminated

And finally...

After all this work we only had one thing left to do, the conclusion. We filmed it on Oxford Street whilst the crowds walked behind us.

Six o'clock struck us and our day in London was over.

We said our thankyous and goodbyes to all of the people that made out day in London so unforgettable.

It really was a day in the life of a BBC journalist and it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Our very exciting day had gone so quickly and we would love to do it everyday.

Now we wait until it goes live on the 27 March. Our report will be streamed through our school website where the BBC will link up to our report. Who knows where it could take us?

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