BBC School Report - What is news?

Assembly for key stage 3 and GCSE pupils about news.

BBC News School Report - What is news? Assembly video for BBC World Class.

Teacher script to introduce film

Do you know what is happening around you?

How do you find out about these events?

News is something that is new and current and it must mean something to people. It is what people want to know or need to know.

We can get news in many different ways: from the television, radio, or online.

Imagine your school class was a news room, what would you report?

Every year schools take part in a news day called BBC School Report. They create video, audio and text-based news reports and publish them on a school website, which the BBC links to.

The next news day is Thursday 15th March 2012.

School reporters Alex and Olivia say that news can be what is happening in your country, around the world or even in your school.

A lot of work takes place behind the scene before news is broadcast. There are team of people who work together to make the news run smoothly.

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What is news?

How do you consume your news?

Give an example something happening in the news today?

A lot of work goes on behind the scene before news is broadcast. Can you describe what happens?

Do you remember any global news you have heard recently?

Give an example of a news story in your school?

Ask the Assembly Question

Do you prefer to get your news from the TV, radio or online?

Email your school's answer to

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