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Editors' pick of School Report News Day 2010

A huge range of news stories were reported on by the thousands of students who took part in the BBC News School Report Day on 11 March 2010 - and broadcast on different media.

Here, we give some examples of interesting and innovative reporting that may help teachers as they prepare for News Day 2011.

Students from Colne Community School in Essex

Breadth of coverage is a staple of any good news bulletin, and many schools offered a good mix of local, national and international news as well as entertainment, sport and the weather.

Lurgan Junior High School in Northern Ireland produced a wealth of different stories - from the national problem of obesity to local concerns about rising crime and violence in the local park. They made full use of their multi-media facilities producing stories in text, radio and video.

Lordswood Girls' School in Birmingham also sought to produce a range of different stories using various media. Their video reports are centred more on school and local news, while the students used text and radio for their national and international stories.

But School Report doesn't have to be just about offering lots of different stories. Several schools decided to centre their news stories around a central theme.

Balcarras School in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, chose to use its School Report day to focus on one issue - the environment.

Their video reports covered the new school bicycle sheds and a tree-planting scheme. They also had a nice piece comparing the most fuel-efficient teacher's car with the most inefficient teacher's car.

All the reports were compiled on a dedicated website (coloured green). An outtakes section at the bottom of the page added a fun touch to the school's reporting.

The recent opening of the new Huyton Arts and Sports Centre for Learning in Liverpool was the perfect story for its School Reporters. They gave a detailed look at the new facilities in video reports, podcasts and a picture gallery.

For the first time, schools were reporting on what each other were doing. School Reporters at Alec Hunter Humanities College in Essex rang their counterparts at Hillhead School in Glasgow, The Vyne Community School in Basingstoke and St Peter and Paul school in Cheshire throughout the day to find out what stories they were working on and how it was going. They reported it all as live updates on their website.

Presentation and story ideas

One of the challenges with lots of stories - in different media - is their presentation on the website.

Littleover Community School in Derby put their stories into clear categories, choosing the best two to promote with photos and running the rest in a side column. This makes each story very accessible and their website easy to navigate.

School Reporters from Brentside High School

Bartley Green School in Birmingham made really good use of photos, graphics, headlines and text in the presentation of their reports.

Hackney City Learning Centre took some inspiration from the BBC's own news front page for its layout, which featured reports from six local schools.

So where to find a news story in the first place? Many students looked in the most obvious place - their own schools and communities.

Billericay School in Essex had a bit of a coup when old boy Josh Dubovie became a front-runner to be UK's entry for the Eurovision Song contest. As well as securing a telephone interview with Josh, the report also had video footage of his performance in a school musical and interviews with his former teachers. But the Billericay School Reporters also had fun with a story on a new interactive school litter campaign, which involved "Burping Bins".

School Reporters at Francis Combe Academy in Herefordshire had a slick report about the issue of travelling to school. They interviewed students, teachers, community support officers and parents about their views and what action the school is taking to swap cars for bicycles.

The students at Kingsthorpe College in Northamptonshire went beyond the school gates for their story. They had decided they wanted to report on war, and visited the Royal Naval and Marine Club in Northampton to interview World War Two veterans.

It was really interesting to hear the answers to the question: Can war have a positive outcome?

School Reporters at Royds Hall High School in Huddersfield went all the way to the Houses of Commons to interview Barry Sheerman, Chairman of the Children, Schools and Families Committee, for their report about whether sex education should be taught in primary schools.

They also went to Huddersfield Town's training centre and Huddersfield Giants' grounds for their football and rugby news.

Bellshill Academy in North Lanarkshire came up with a clever way of interviewing people without leaving the school grounds. The students carried out a video interview with Barry Lennon of the World Council of Credit Unions over the internet using Skype.

Creativity and fun

Schools have been very creative in their reporting this year.

School Reporter from Belvedere School

This report from Counthill School in Oldham is a more of an opinion piece than a news report about mental health issues, but it is beautifully produced and shows diversity in output.

Three students at Wilmslow High School in Cheshire used drama for their report Harsh Hoodie Hate, about people's attitudes to those who wear "hoodies".

And having fun, while learning something new, is what School Report is all about - exemplified in this weather report from Daniel at Prospect School in Reading.

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