You must include a lead and an "and finally" story. You may also want to use a news round-up, in which case, place grouped stories in ONE story slot on the worksheet.
Teachers tip: To make this activity more challenging, use worksheet from lesson 3 - 3.2: Writing and assembling news - and set the limit at three minutes (rather than six stories). Students will then have to balance the quantity of stories with the depth of information in each.
2. Running order
Using slideshow software, students create a six-slide news picture gallery, using the
BBC's Week in Pictures
as an example.
This week's news is denoted by a date. The ARCHIVE GALLERIES section provides previous weeks' pictures.
Slide 1 should be the lead story and slide 6 the "and finally".
Students should only use photographs from the BBC website which have AP, PA, AFP or GETTY in the right-hand corner.
More information on copyright
As a low-tech alternative, cut out photographs from newspapers/school magazine.
3. Breaking news and editorial decisions
Pairs then combine to form small groups, and students compile a new SIX-story running order, debating which stories should be included, and their place in the running order.
Explain: At the BBC, an editor makes the final decision. Students may wish to do the same on School Report News Day in March.
Interrupt students to announce some breaking news. Read out the most recent story from the
BBC News frontpage.
Look for the Breaking News graphic or examine the date stamps (at the top of each news page, in grey) to find a recent story.
Each group must decide:
Whether to include this breaking news story
Where to place it in the running order
The affect on the rest of the bulletin. Does it mean dropping an existing story?
4. Stay tuned
Each group presents their running orders to the rest of the class - their audience.
The class stand, to indicate they are listening to the bulletin. They sit down as soon as they lose interest, indicating the point at which they would switch or click off.
The group which maintains the interest and attention of the majority of the audience for the longest time is the winner!
Ask students: What is it about this running order which keeps you interested?
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