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Reporting on natural wonder that is anything but a bore

Stroud High School reporters visited the Severn Bore, a huge wave which draws hundreds of visitors each year.

By Year 8 students Avani, Camilla, Alice and Lucy

Year 8 Reporters from Stroud High with Matt Baker
A 'very professional' Matt Baker with the School Reporters

The Severn Bore is a natural phenomenon provoked by the sea's rising tide intersecting with the mouth of the river and is the second highest of about 60 bores that occur around the world.

Its impressive tidal wave attracts many visitors and surfers to the area. On 2 March the bore was given a five-star rating. Many people found this truly amazing and we were lucky enough to be there to report as it passed upstream.

Although more challenging than expected, it was a wonderful and unforgettable day; it has helped our journalistic skills and our public speaking skills, too! It has also given us a taste of what television is really about.

Surfers at Severn Bore
Surfers seize chance to enjoy the waves at Severn Bore

One of the other highlights of the day was meeting ex-Blue Peter presenter Matt Baker, who was an inspiration to the whole team.

This has shown us what news reporting is all about and has also given us an insight into what a journalist really does.

We arrived at Minsterworth where we met up with Paul Moss, who showed us how to use the recording equipment.

We then set off to interview spectators on the river bank. We managed to talk to a mixture of people, from surfers to children. Some people were hard to interview as they gave very simple answers.

After the bore had passed, we interviewed more people, some of whom found it disappointing, as it was expected to be much larger.

Alice and Lucy, Stroud High school
Year 8 Reporters Alice and Lucy try out their interview skills

But generally people were impressed. We managed to interview Steve King, who is the world record holder for the longest surf on the Severn Bore.

We interviewed Matt Baker, who was very professional and also very friendly.

After that we went back to the Severn Bore Inn, which sits on the river bank.

We interviewed the landlord, whose business is affected by the bore, which attracts large amount of spectators who come for breakfast.

After the interview, we sat down to script and record the rest of our broadcast which was quite hard at first but it became easier.

We really enjoyed our day and thought it was a great learning experience. We would recommend it to other people. We also enjoyed watching the bore, as we had never seen it before.


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