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School Report: Norfolk pupils prepare for BBC media day

Robert at Open Academy, Norwich, being interviewed for BBC School Report
Robert will create a video report on Japan for BBC School Report

Pupils from Norfolk are getting ready to turn their classrooms into newsrooms for BBC School Report day on 24 March.

Schools from across the county, including Attleborough High School and Open Academy in Norwich, are taking part in this year's media day.

Topics being covered by the budding journalists include Japan's earthquake.

"We hope they will get a sense of leadership from the project and a clear understanding of current affairs," said Open Academy teacher Edwina Gibling.

"I am already seeing that the students are becoming more responsible and aware of each others roles - they are working as teams and working to deadlines," she added.

Open Academy student Robert has a Japanese aunt and has been in regular contact with her since the earthquake and tsunami struck on 11 March.

For his school report, Robert will conduct a video bulletin around the impact of the tsunami on Japan, and his fellow classmates will also write articles based on the disaster.

Dramatic photos sent to Robert from his aunt Taeko, who lives in Chiba in Tokyo Bay, can already been seen on the School Report website.

Photo by Taeko
Robert was sent pictures of the natural disaster in Japan

"I feel that she is lucky because they didn't get hit as badly as other places," said Robert.

Students at the school will also be interviewing local beatboxer Lee Gibling about how he has turned his speech art into a thriving career.

Live updates

Outside of Norwich, Attleborough High School students are interviewing BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine via the BBC studios in Norwich to ask him questions about the General Election.

Other schools taking part in School Report include Northgate High School in Dereham and North Walsham High School, who as part of a hub for the Midlands and East Anglia are posting live news updates as they happen on their own websites.

"It's all about the pupils getting a taste for news journalism," said Northgate school's Annika Lindqvist.

"They'll have to deal with the pressure of building up to broadcast time and work with people they normally wouldn't have to.

"It's good for training and they'll learn to be balanced," she added.

Other schools taking part in School Report day include Cliff Park High in Gorleston, Diss High School, Gresham's School in Holt, Lynn Grove VA High School in Gorleston and Thetford Academy.

You can watch what they get up to in their 2pm news bulletins as the schools post videos and pictures on their websites, which are listed on this page.

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