More than 100 schools across the country have been taking part in the BBC's School Report day. One of them was Charles Edward Brooke Girls' School in Lambeth, south London.
Their first job was to read the newspapers and decide which they thought were the most interesting stories. Not an easy task on a day when the Budget dominated every front page.
Once they had a story in mind, pupils used the internet to find out more. They also searched for images online to illustrate their work.
A BBC mentor gave some of the girls help to do vox pops - short interviews with their classmates and teachers on the burning topic of the day.
The question they asked was: "Should children be made to stay at school until they are 18?"
The students had to gather a range of views from different age groups and needed all their charm to encourage interviewees to give more than just a yes or no answer.
Farzana, Taslima and Tania conducted their vox pops in the school corridors to make sure they had some background noise to set the scene for listeners.
They were helped by Anna, one of the roving reporters. She had been trained to use the recording equipment and knew how to get the best quality sound.
Once they had gathered the raw material, the girls chose their best pieces to submit for editing.
And finally in the recording studio, their raw material was edited on computer to produce a finished audio package.