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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 March 2008, 14:08 GMT
Radio drives them ga-ga
It's a feeling well known to those in the media industry. You put in hours of work researching stories, gathering information and producing the material.

Then as the clock ticks down towards deadline, those darned technical gremlins take over and those nerves become frazzled.

But pupils at The Bridge Academy in Hackney, east London, have been taking it in their stride as they try to put together a complete radio package recording all their hard work on two key news stories - the school's recycling policy and progress on a new permanent building into which they will all move in September.

Teacher Ruth Springer said: "As soon as we opened last September, we set up a green team to take responsibility for establishing a recycling scheme at the school. Our story for School Report Day has been how we have introduced it, the problems and challenges, the successes and what next."


Pupils from Year 7 interviewed the head, Annie Blackmore, and a local councillor involved in the environmental initiative, Anna Porch.

Two young newshounds were also despatched to the site of their new permanent building, which is due to open in September, to report on progress.

One of those charged with putting the resulting footage together is 12-year-old Ben. He said: "We are having a few technical difficulties. I've done this before, but we are having problems we've never come across before. It's a bit frustrating."

However, they have a Plan B, so either way, their hard work will be featuring on the school's website.

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