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Quiz: Keeping news safe and legal

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There are laws about reporting to ensure that journalists are accurate and fair.

Stay within the law by making sure what you report is true, reporting both sides of a story and thinking about how your report might affect the people you feature.

Take this quiz to test out your skills.

Question 1
You and your classmates make a film about recycling to put on your school website. Which of these end credits do you use?
A: This film was made by Amy Bridgeman, Amir Jiwa and Caspar Clarke.
B: This film was made by Amy, 12, Amir, 13 and Caspar, 12.
C: This film was made by Amy Bridgeman, 12, Amir Jiwa, 13, and Caspar Clarke, 12.
Question 2
You are making a radio report about a new drug which can help people with asthma. The drug was initially tested on mice. Which three people do you interview?
A: A classmate who has lots of pets, a classmate who has asthma, the school nurse.
B: A classmate who has lots of pets, a classmate who did a school assembly about cruelty to animals, your six-year-old brother.
C: Your head teacher whose son has asthma, a teacher who has asthma, the school caretaker.
Question 3
Your school canteen has changed supplier. Lots of students think the quality of school dinners has dropped. You put together a balanced report, gathering the views of those who eat it Ė students - and those who produce the food Ė the manager of the food company. This is what three students say. Which do you include in your report?
A: Itís disgusting! The new food contains more fat, sugar and salt than the school dinners we used to have. I know, I've checked the labels.
B: Itís gross! Thereís no way this is within the sell-by-date!
C: School dinners? More like poison! It's going to make us all ill!
Question 4
You write a report about a famous footballer. You find a picture of him on the internet. What do you do?
A: Add the photograph to your report.
B: Add the photograph to your report. Write the name of the photographer under the picture.
C: Find out who the photographer is. Get their written permission before adding the picture. Write the name of the photographer under the picture.
Question 5
You read on a news website that a doctor is in court accused of abusing a patient. What do you do?
A: Report on it using your own words.
B: Pick another news story to report.
C: Copy large chunks from the online report.
Question 6
You are deciding how to report a story - about drugs - which people around the UK will be able to see on your school website. Which of these would you choose to do?
A: Describe the horrific circumstances in which a teenager died from a drug overdose
B: Explain how a dealer makes and sells drugs
C: Explain why teenagers are being warned about drug abuse

 Press the button and see how you have done

Please note this quiz has been designed for School Reporters. Journalists with years of training and experience, and access to a lawyer, may handle news stories differently.



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