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We ask that all schools provide a webpage to host their content, whether it's audio or TV bulletins or written articles. But when we talk about "online" content in a School Report context we're mainly referring to written stories and still images.
To get people to pay attention and really read your written reports, you need to make your content as attractive as possible so think about using pictures and other ways of breaking up the text.
These resources will help to make the most of your stories on your website, and explain how to write dynamic live pages.
Guide: How to write for the web
Writing stories for a website is very different from writing essays at school or from writing scripts for radio and television - it's even different from writing for a newspaper!
This guide, which draws on some of the guidance given to BBC journalists, has some top tips for making sure your written reports are as good as they can be.
Whether it's the latest big football game or a rolling news story like the recent riots in England, a live events page is a great way to get all the latest information to your audience as quickly as possible.
Football specialist Jonathan Stevenson and news reporter Victoria King are both experts in how to bring these pages to life, while always keeping the basics of journalism to the fore.
Broadcasting news means having to take responsibility for its content - that it doesn't libel anybody, breach copyright or infringe on someone's privacy.
Most newspapers and media organisations have teams of lawyers to help make fine judgements about contentious stories: your school may well not have the same resources!
This guide will help you keep on the right side of the law. Remember that if material is on the school website, the school is the publisher.
Quiz: Broadcasting news (10 mins)
Quiz: Broadcasting news
Find out how much you know about broadcasting the news and sharing it with your audience. Are you across all the final checks that are needed before going live?
1.) Media law
You are the editor. One of the reporters in your team has used a song by a famous band in his report. Is he allowed to do this?
Yes, because he downloaded it legally.
Yes, because he is crediting the band.
No, because he doesn't have permission.
2.) News values
A report contains this sentence: Jake Jones from Year 8 said he was upset that Year 9 pupil Chris Carter hadn't won the race. What's wrong with it?
It includes the surnames of people under the age of 18.
It doesn't give their ages.
It shouldn't have given their year group.
3.) Social networking
How old do you have to be to use most social networking sites?
It's 1.30pm on News Day and you are putting the finishing touches to your story. Who should check each item one last time before the 2pm deadline?
Your head teacher
The camera operator
Your teacher or the person they've asked to be the editor
5.) Taste and decency
When sharing content online, you should post...
Things that would make your friends laugh.
Things that you wouldn't mind your teacher seeing.
Anything that will get people's attention.
6.) Running order
Your reports are done and they are about to be put on your school website. Which story should go first?
The story your teacher likes best.
The story that is most important to your audience.
The longest story.
7.) Media law
Another School Reporter has found a nice picture using an image search engine and asks you if he can use it in his web story. What's your advice?
Yes, because it's online
No, you can only use pictures you've taken yourself.
Maybe, depending on the source of the picture.
8.) Media law
Someone on your team wants to cover a court case and interview his classmates. He wants to ask whether the defendant is guilty or not. What should you do?
Go ahead. If people want to talk about it, let them.
Don't do it. The case isn't over.
Do it, but with some who say he's guilty and others who say he isn't.
9.) Media law
A major news website has this headline on their front page: Footballer paid to throw matches.
What type of law should you think about before reporting this story?
You've made a great video report but technical problems mean you can't put it online. What should you do?
Publish your script directly onto the school site.
Adapt your script into a written article.
Wait until the technical problem has been solved, then get the video online.
As well as uploading to your school website, you might like to share your news, by placing it on other platforms. Which of these might NOT be a good place to post?
Your school newsletter.
A free video sharing website.
A partner school's website.
He can't use the song because he doesn't have permission - unless that it is, he's written to the band and they've given their permission in writing. Copyright laws protect people's work and you could get in trouble for using something you're not allowed to.
It includes the surnames of people under the age of 18. If you were editing this piece, you should remove the surnames of both boys from the story. One of the BBC's news values is about safeguarding children and that includes protecting the identity of young people.
You have to be at least 13 to use most social networking sites. Remember to be careful about what you say and never post any personal information, like your phone number or address.
Your teacher or the person they've asked to be the editor should check each story before it goes out. Remember, check that you haven’t used surnames and watch out for any spelling mistakes!
You should only post things you wouldn't mind your teacher seeing. Remember, when you put content online, anyone can see it. So something you might think is funny could be extremely offensive to someone else. Think carefully before you publish.
The story that is most important to your audience should go first. Hopefully, you'll be able to grab their attention and they'll stick around to see what else you have to offer!
He might be able to use it depending on the source of the picture. Make sure you have the permission of the person who owns the photo, which is usually the person who took it, before using it. Some photo agencies have already given their permssion for School Reporters to use their images, but only if they are already being used on the BBC News website and have one of the following credits in the bottom right hand corner: AP, PA, AFP or Getty.
You shouldn't do the story as the case isn't over. Legal stories are very difficult to report and should be avoided unless you have been giving proper training. Journalists at the BBC would not report others commenting on an ongoing case as there is a risk it could influence the jury. And that could get a journalist in a lot of trouble.
Defamation is the law you need to think about before you report this story. Defaming someone means publishing or broadcasting something that would make people think less of a person. The fact it has already been reported already doesn't mean you can publish it too. Be sure of your facts before reporting this kind of story.
You should adapt your script into a written article. Even if you've written an amazing script, it might not work without the pictures that went with it. But since you've already done the report, you know the story and should be able to adapt it to make a great written piece! News involves deadlines and if you wait for the technical problem to be solved, your news may no longer be new.
It might not be a good idea to publish your news on a free video sharing website without checking what else is on there. That's because many free video sharing websites contain adverts and recommend other videos that might not be suitable for young people. The good news is there are some video sharing websites that are suitable; ask your teacher.
0 - 3 : Keep working at it
4 - 7 : Good but could be better
8 - 11 : Well done!
This multiple-choice quiz is designed to test your knowledge of how to write scripts and stories.
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