Young reporters making the headlines
Three great stories, a team of Year 9 Media Studies students and the technical know-how to produce a professional news bulletin. All these ingredients went into another successful BBC School Report day at The Radclyffe School.
The young people took on the different roles required on either side of the camera to make the news broadcast and arranged to film interviews with staff and students involved.
The first story was how the school had celebrated World Book Day. Reporter Umor Ali questioned teachers, students and the school’s author in residence, Mark Wright. The team then moved on to cover an ICT Challenge, where student Miriam Majeed had created a computer game to help students to learn Maths. Muniba Altaf asked the questions.
Finally the latest news from preparations for the Summer Show, Aladdin formed the final story. A visit to the drama studio to speak to drama teacher Frances Collins-Walsh and Shaniqua Denny, who will play the Sultan in the show rounded off the recording.
On School Report Day itself the team were busy writing the script for the finished broadcast. Two newsreaders were chosen, Ryan Lester-Davy and Mahek Mahmood. Using ‘greenscreen’ technology, where a virtual image of the BBC newsroom can appear behind the presenters, the finished film was created and edited. It will soon be available at the BBC School Report website and on the school’s website theradclyffeschool.co.uk
Teacher of English Trevor Callanan explained, “The students chose the stories from events around school before planning how they would report on them. They took to the different roles with enthusiasm. School Report Day is always a fantastic opportunity for them to gain practical experience of what goes into creating the news.”