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School Report Quiz: Reporting 2012

There are lots of big events going on in 2012 - which means there are lots of things for you to report! Test how much you know about reporting live events with our special quiz.

School Reporter reading the news

1.) Reporting live events

What should you do before you go live with your bulletin?

School Reporter sitting in radio studio
  1. Take a rest to recharge your batteries
  2. Rehearse the bulletin and check that all the equipment you are using is working
  3. Have a cup of tea

2.) Reporting live events

How should you prepare for commentating on your school's sports day?

School Reporters doing research
  1. Research the event, the sports and the people taking part in the event
  2. Arrive just before the event starts
  3. Choose a commentator you like and learn how to impersonate them

3.) Reporting 2012

How many days will the Olympic Torch relay take to travel from Land's End to the Olympic Stadium in London?

The Olympic Stadium in London
  1. 50
  2. 70
  3. 90

4.) Reporting 2012

The Queen is visiting your school but she hasn't arrived yet. You're reporting live for the school website. You should...

Queen Elizabeth II
  1. Post an update saying she hasn't arrived then have a cup of tea.
  2. Talk to people waiting to meet her.
  3. Chat to your friends while you wait,

5.) Reporting live events

Live updates on your website should be...

School Reporter uses a laptop
  1. Long paragraphs
  2. Posted every 15 minutes
  3. Short and snappy updates

6.) Reporting live events

You are editing a live events page covering your school football tournament. What should you do?

A School Reporter takes photos in a stadium
  1. Wait and see what happens on the day.
  2. Think about the things you want to include on the page.
  3. Write lots of content ahead of time so you don't have to do much on the day.

7.) Reporting live events

School Reporters are at your school's football tournament. How do you get their updates onto your live events web page?

A School Reporter from Whitley Abbey Business and Enterprise College recording audio
  1. Ask one reporter to bring messages to you.
  2. Ask your teacher to bring notes from the reporters to you
  3. Ask them to send text messages to you.


  1. You should rehearse the bulletin and check that all the equipment you are using is working. While it may be tempting to have a rest or a cup of the tea, there's still plenty to do. Run through the bulletin and check your equipment to avoid mistakes during the live programme.
  2. Research the event, the sport and the people taking part in the event. It's important to be fully prepared so you can tell your audience the most interesting and have some ideas for good questions to ask. Get there early so you have a good spot to watch the action. It's great to learn from other commentators but remember to be yourself!
  3. It will take 70 days. The torch will be carried by 8,000 people on its way round the UK, Guernsey and Jersey. It will reach the Olympic Stadium on Wednesday 27 July 2012.
  4. Why not talk to the people who are waiting to meet her and find out how they feel about her visit? What seems like a frustrating wait can actually be a great opportunity! Maybe one of them went to her coronation.You might find a great story or some fantastic quotes.
  5. They should be short and snappy updates. Keep your audience interested by posting little and often. Don't hold back information if you know it's accurate and useful!
  6. You should think about the things you want to include on the page ahead of time. That way, you'll be able to make sure you're covering all the angles of the story.
  7. Asking reporters to send text message updates is a great way to update your live events page. But remember to ask your headteacher if you're allowed to use phones in school. If you have to pay for your text messages, you might need to find another way of sending updates.

Your Score

0 - 3 : Keep working at it

4 - 5 : Good but could be better

6 - 7 : Well done!

As part of our new updated teacher resources, we have produced a series of quizzes designed to test pupils' knowledge and raise interesting discussion points about different aspects of news and journalism.

This quiz is about how to report on the historic events taking place in 2012.

The quizzes are also available inside the 'pick and mix' resources section and the lesson plans, but we have reproduced them on individual pages as a way of making it more convenient for distribution in the classroom.

The online test gives you the answers at the end of every question. If you are using the quiz worksheet, the answers can be found here:

This multiple-choice quiz is designed to test your knowledge of some of the issues that accompany the reporting of 2012 events.

It also provides some real-life scenarios to get you thinking about how you might approach things when it comes to reporting.

Pupils can take the above quiz online, either on this page or on a separate page which is easier to email and distribute at school; a low-tech alternative would be to print out this worksheet:


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