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School Report Radio reflects on Olympics impact

School Reporters get ready to broadcast live
School Reporters prepare their stories in the 2012 newsroom with BBC London

In just over a year's time, more than 25,000 international journalists will be working from studios in London reporting on the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

As part of BBC News School Report, young journalists from the capital took up the torch and looked ahead at the impact the event would have on their local area.

A special hour-long radio programme was broadcast live from the School Report 2012 newsroom at BBC London's Olympic studio in the East End.

School Reporters from Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets presented the show alongside BBC London's Eddie Nestor. Read their report.

The team looked at issues from cuts to sports funding, a teacher who is an aspiring hurdler and there was even a live chat on the Vanessa Feltz morning show.

The programme aimed to provide a real insight into the build-up to the Olympics for schoolchildren across the country.

Co-presenter Asma from Mulberry School for Girls in east London said: "It was such a great experience working with staff from the BBC team. It was really fun.

School Reporters in the studio with Vanessa
School Reporters Asma and Shema with BBC London's presenter Vanessa Feltz

"At first I was really nervous but as the morning went by, my confidence increased hugely. It was such a marvellous opportunity for me."

Fellow School Reporter Shema said: "I learnt to see and experience how professional presenters report and that sometimes there may be problems but you can overcome them."

BBC London's Eddie Nestor said "It's a wonderful opportunity for young people to report on what's important to them and hopefully we've encouraged them to do more and get involved in discussions in the class that they're passionate about."

Students Charis and Zara from St Marylebone School in Westminster were interviewed by Vanessa Feltz on a simulcast with her BBC London 94.9 radio programme.

The School Reporter said "I felt really comfortable in the studio and with Vanessa and she was lovely to us. Afterwards I was absolutely buzzing with adrenaline. I would DEFINITELY LOVE to go on there again - I could get used to it!"

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