The practice News Day, on 10 December, was the second of four practice days in the run up to School Report News Day on 11 March 2010, when thousands of students will simultaneously make the news.
Here's how the day unfolded:
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Radio news in West Yorkshire Students in Year 8 at Nab Wood School in Cottingley, Bingley, took part in a practice News Day on 30 November. Students produced two radio bulletins which included a mixture of international, national and local news. In international news, pupils reported on the shooting of four police officers in a coffee shop near an Air Force Base in Washington DC, golfer Tiger Woods' car accident, a meeting in Nepal ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference about the Himalayan glacier. In national news, students reported on the recent storms in the UK, the success of Susan Boyle's debut album, a report about UK hospital standards, Liverpool's victory in a Merseyside football derby. In local news, pupils reported that over £700 was raised for Children in Need through a non-uniform day, a sports event a raffle and a tombola. Listen to the students' news on their school website (see link on the right).
Students discuss the news agenda at a school in Abuja, Nigeria
1449 Nigerian schools make the news Students from seven schools in Abuja, Nigeria took part in a News Day on 7 November. Nigerian journalist Aderinsola Adebanjo and teacher Iyke Chukwu, who attended a training session in London, passed on their tips to pupils and teachers from four secondary schools and three primary schools. A number of radio news bulletins were produced during the News day which was held at the Government Science and Technical College in Garki. The other participating schools were: Government Secondary School Karshi, Government Science Secondary School Tungan Maje, Government Secondary School Tudun Wada, Learning Springs School Asokoro, Premier International School Wuse, LEA Primary School Wuse Zone 6.
Colne Community reporters catch interview guests on camera
1352 School uniform and swine flu Colne Community School in Colchester, Essex, are busy filming. Twenty students are tracking down people to interview. Stories they are covering include school uniform and swine flu. The students are very excited. Helena said: "It's good fun and I like the way people encouraged us. People even skipped their lunch to be on camera." Connor added: "It's loads of fun and it gives you ideas for what you need to and how to film. It's a great experience."
Will simulates a report on climate change from the North Pole
1310 Environmental impact of Christmas lights Sir James Smith's Community School in Camelford have linked their News Day with the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference and are looking at environmental stories. As well as finding out about the environmental impact of lighting up a house for Christmas, and how the ice skating rink at the Eden Project is powered, they are also investigating what their school does to help limit their carbon emissions. Lynn, 12, from Year 8, explained how they researched the school policies on their school website are seeing how they are put into practice in reality. She said that the day has been "good fun" so far and that later, they would be conducting some interviews to use in their final broadcast.
Danielle and Courtney search for stories
1256 Who has the X Factor at school? Students at Robert Pattinson School in Lincoln have been busy during their first News Day. Pupils are covering a range of stories including space travel with Richard Branson and the X Factor. Students are also reporting on home-gown talent - Danny and Ross - who are preparing for the school's annual "Big Cheese" event.
Amy, Drew and Casey film their reports
1220 Christmas and road safety There are approximately 90 Year 7 students taking taking part in the practice News Day at Rainham School for Girls in Gillingham, Kent. Sixth formers are helping the girls report on the new school canteen, cyber-bullying, Christmas and road safety. Some of the pupils are also writing a blog about the day's events. Elouise, Year 7, said: "I think it's going to be a really fun day because we get to act like adults making the news." Casey, Year 7, added: "It's been really good because we've all agreed about the subjects for our stories." Kitsa, Year 7, said: "So far we think that the day has been very successful and everyone gets a part to play."
1209 Knife crime and credit crunch Sixty Year 8 pupils from Brentside High School in Ealing are taking part in the practice News Day. The pupils have been split into groups and started the day by checking the internet for headlines and story ideas. After researching their topics, they wrote scripts and, with a little help from a cameraman, filmed their items. One group have been learning about the positive and negative affects of global warming which they found really interesting. "I learnt that by 2025 the earth's temperature will have increased by two degrees," said Yasmine, 13. "It was really good to find out the positive points of global warming too," added Martina, 12, while Kvarne, 12, has been looking at carbon emissions. Another group have been looking at knife crime. Kieren and Khalid, both 12, said they found it really interesting and learnt that if you are caught carrying a knife you can spend up to 25 years in prison. Other issues being looked at include the effects of the credit crunch at Christmas time and teenage life, especially the way young people are stereotyped. All the groups will be filming their content either in the school's studio, which has been set up especially for the occasion, or at the local CLC in Ealing. All the pupils are enjoying the day, especially the filming. "It's really good, but nerve-wracking as we had to pretend to be news readers," said Zoe, 12. This is the fourth year the school has taken part, and this year alone, 250 students will take part in School Report training.
1157 Practice makes perfect Students are rehearsing their scripts at Lewisham City Learning Centre (CLC) in London, in preparation for a studio recording later on in the day. Twenty-five Year 8 pupils from Bonus Pastor School are being helped by staff at the CLC to make video news reports. E learning team leader Zalihe Collymore-Hussein explained the day's schedule: "The students have spent the morning writing scripts about news, sport and entertainment and now they are busy reading them out in front of the camera. We will watch back the rehearsed scripts so the students can see what they look and sound like before they record their news for real in the studio."
Muna and Jamie flank Paul Ross and Jo Good as teacher Mr Gayford looks on
1112 Cable gets a grilling Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat deputy leader and shadow chancellor, was interviewed live on BBC London by students from Battersea Park School in Wandsworth. Jamie and Muna were on air at 0810 asking the MP for Twickenham about the recession. After the broadcast, they interviewed presenter Paul Ross, producer Esther Stanhope and editor David Friend from the BBC London team.
Muna explained that she would like to be a reporter for the BBC's News Channel.
1039 Environment and cyber bullying It's all systems go at Rainham School for Girls in Gillingham as 90 Year 7 pupils take part in a practice News Day. The girls started by planning their projects for the rest of the day. Then they split into three groups to produce their content, each with a different media, either video, audio or text. The topics chosen to investigate include the environment and cyber bulling. They were chosen because they affects everyone not just the young reporters. The Year 10 enterprise project, currently taking place in the school, will also be reported on.
Practice News Day out-takes
1026 Schools join forces Northfleet Technology College and St John's Catholic Comprehensive School in Kent joined up to run a practice News Day on 1 December. Ross, Benjamin, Zach, Caitlin, Ellie, Gibson, Ryan, Zach and Luke produced a 10-minute news bulletin, complete with out-takes. Students reported on a mixture of serious topics, such as drugs and salmonella poisoning, and entertainment stories, including movie reviews and updates from several reality TV shows. Students also scripted and presented a sports round-up and a weather forecast, using the BBC animated weather map projected onto an interactive white board. In a feature on global warming, two pupils examined some of the ways young people can help look after the environment including recycling, switching off appliances and cycling to school. They had a fantastic day learning and having fun, said teacher Miriam Hayes, adding: "The students were very excited as they had never done something like this before. Keeping to the deadline was the most difficult and reading the news without making errors." The pupils enjoyed gathering the news and searching though local and national newspapers. The two schools worked really well together as a team helping each other out, giving advice and praised each others work, she explained. "We are looking forward to March where we will use this experience to improve the next day."
SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING ON 10 DECEMBER 2009
Rainham School for Girls, Gillingham, Kent
Robert Pattinson School, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Bonus Pastor School, Lewisham, London
Colne Community School, Colchester, Essex
Sir James Smith's Humanities College, Camelford, Cornwall
Battersea Park School, Wandsworth, London
Brentside High School, Ealing, London
Blairgowrie High School, Perthshire
SCHOOLS THAT RAN A PRACTICE NEWS DAY EARLIER THIS MONTH
Walton High, Milton Keynes, Bucks
Acton High School, Acton, London (3 December)
Northfleet Technology College, Gravesend, Kent (1 December)
St John's Catholic Comprehensive School, Kent (1 December)
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