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Huw Edwards goes through some essentials with the pupils of The Grey Coat Hospital School in London


This page contains a collection of videos and guides from some of the BBC's top journalists, including the likes of Robert Peston, Huw Edwards and Rory Cellan-Jones.

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As one of the largest media organisations on the planet, the BBC has plenty of journalistic expertise within its ranks. We've spoken to some of the BBC's top journalists to get their top tips for School Reporters following in their footsteps.

These resources can be dropped into any of your lesson plans to show how things are done in real life at the BBC.

Please be aware that our new video masterclasses are available to download for use in the classroom. Click here to download the video files.

This will help you to use the material in the classroom, even if you have an unreliable or slow internet connection.

By downloading the video before your lesson, you will be able to save it onto a computer, memory stick or other storage device for easy use.

We also have a special Teacher Essentials section which includes lots of extra information and advanced resources.

You can also use our lesson plans if you prefer a more structured approach.


Video masterclasses

BBC journalists and reporters have to master a variety of skills, depending on the area of output they work on.

Whether its presenting a bulletin on camera, editing a website, commentating on a football match or writing a script, there is plenty to learn.

These video masterclasses go behind the scenes with real-life journalists to see how they do their jobs and the key principles and values they have to stick to.

Areas such as how to report on major national news events and weather presenting are also covered in the videos, so why not have a look and see what you can learn from the BBC's journalists.

And with 2012 events in mind, there are specific masterclasses on reporting big events and on covering sporting action.


Top 10 tips

With years of reporting experience under their belts, the likes of Robert Peston and Rory Cellan-Jones have established themselves as some of the best journalists in their field.

They put the key skills of journalism - like researching, interviewing, scriptwriting and presenting - into practice to produce the stories that millions of people watch, listen to and read across all the various BBC channels, stations and websites.

Their tips range from practical advice to suggestions about how to increase your subject knowledge.

So see what tips you can pick up from the pros - and how you can apply them to your journalism with School Report.


Video: Event reporting masterclass (2 mins 30 secs video + 2-3 mins to recap/discuss)

School Report's reporting events masterclass (duration: 2 mins 30 secs)

BBC presenter and newsreader Sophie Raworth has been lucky enough to report on some of the biggest national events, like the Royal Wedding, during her career as a broadcaster.

2012 is a year which will give you the chance to follow in her footsteps, with the Olympic and Paralympic Games coming to London and sporting events being held all over the UK.


But the year is not just about sport, with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the Torch Relay and the Cultural Olympiad all offering up great reporting opportunities.

Sophie gives her top tips for covering big events.

You can recap the key points in the accompanying worksheet or read a transcript of the video:

Video: Interviewing masterclass (4 mins video + 2-3 mins to recap/discuss)

Interviewing masterclass (duration: 4 mins)

Interviewing is one of the key skills in journalism, giving reporters the chance to put the questions they want answered to the people at the centre of the story.

BBC Newsbeat reporter Natalie Jamieson explains how you can get the most out of your interviews and shares her top tips.

As an entertainment reporter with Radio 1's flagship news programme, Natalie has interviewed some of the biggest names in showbusiness and knows her way around a red carpet!

Talking to the members of JLS, she shows what makes a good interview... and what to avoid!

You can recap the key points from the video using the accompanying worksheet, or read a transcript of the video:

And if you want an insight into how it feels to be interviewed, you can also look at a guide from JLS themselves about what makes for a good interview.

Video: Finding news masterclass (3 mins video + 2-3 mins to recap/discuss)

School Report's finding news masterclass (duration: 3 mins)

BBC Radio 5 live journalist Karlene Pinnock has to find stories and guests for her programmes every day at work.

With stints on programmes like Newsbeat also on her CV, Karlene is an expert when it comes to the business of finding news and coming up with fresh angles and ideas for existing stories.


Watch Karlene's video to learn her real-life tips for spotting great stories and identifying the best people to talk to about them.

You can recap the key points from the video using the accompanying worksheet or read a transcript of the video:

This video contains references to using social media - aimed at pupils aged 13 and over - which you should check you are happy with before using in the classroom. For advice on using the internet safely, the BBC's online safety pages provide guidance and links to more advice

BBC journalists are increasingly using social media such as Twitter as a way of finding stories, information and ideas.

These sites can be fantastic sources of information but need to be used responsibly, especially by young people.

The BBC Webwise team have some great tips and information about how to use social media safely and responsibly, and simple guides to sites like Twitter.

Video: Web masterclass (3 mins 30 secs video + 2-3 mins to recap/discuss)

School Report's web masterclass (duration: 3 mins 30 secs)

Senior broadcast journalist Iain Mackenzie is in charge of the BBC News Online technology index, and writes and edits stories for the website every day.

But writing for the web is not as simple as typing out a few sentences and then hitting publish.

If you want people to pay attention to your reports - and hopefully come back for more - then there are a few tricks of the trade to think about.


Watch Iain explaining how to make the most of your stories on your special School Report website.

You can recap the key points from the video using the accompanying worksheet or read a transcript of the video:

Video: Scriptwriting masterclass (3 mins 30 secs video + 4-5 mins to recap/discuss)

School Report's scriptwriting masterclass (duration: 3 mins 30 secs)

For BBC Breakfast reporter Tim Muffett, writing engaging and informative scripts is part of his job.

Watch his video in which he gives his hints and tips on scriptwriting for video or audio reports.

There is a real art to writing a good script and a lot of the time less is more: if you have great pictures, let them speak for themselves rather telling viewers what they can already see.


But things are obviously a bit different for radio - then you need to be a bit more descriptive.

You can recap the key points from the video using the accompanying worksheet or read a transcript of the video:

Watch Tim Muffett's final report (duration: 3 mins)

Tim's report went out on BBC Breakfast, and you can see how he put all his tips into practice to produce the finished article.

And the worksheet below contains the script that he used for his report.

Why not watch the report along with the script to see how it was all put together.

Video: Presenting masterclass (3 mins 30 secs video + 2-3 mins to recap/discuss)

School Report's presenting masterclass (duration: 3 mins 30 secs)

Presenting is not as easy as just standing in front of a camera and reading an autocue!

To be a top presenter that viewers want to watch takes some work and preparation.

Practising your script so that you are familiar with any tricky names or difficult words will help you feel more confident.

And don't forget - everybody gets nervous and everybody makes mistakes from time to time, even experienced BBC presenters. Sam advises what to do if you do trip up on a tongue-twister!


Sam Naz is a regular presenter on BBC Three's news programme 60seconds, and she gives her top tips for learning the tricks of the trade.

You can recap the key points from the video in the accompanying worksheet:

Watch BBC Three's Sam Naz in action (duration: 1 min)

And this short clip shows Sam putting her tips into practice as she presents 60seconds.

You can read the script for this episode of 60seconds in the below worksheet to get an insight into how much information Sam can cram into a short bulletin.

If you have time, why not try presenting the script yourselves to see how difficult it is.

Video: Reporting sport masterclass (4 mins video + 2-3 mins to recap/discuss)

School Report's sport reporting masterclass (duration: 4 mins)

Sonali Shah

has presented BBC coverage of big sporting events like the 2008 Olympic Games, the Cricket World Cup and Wimbledon.

So she has plenty of tips to help you bring your sports stories to life and keep your audience captivated.

Remember - just because you are a big Manchester United fan, for example, doesn't mean your audience are too!


They want to hear, see or read a balanced account of what happened, so make sure you leave your personal bias out of your reporting!

You can recap the key points from the video using the accompanying worksheet or read a transcript of the video:

Video: Commentary masterclass (4 mins 30 secs video + 2-3 mins to recap/discuss)

Huw Edwards' commentary masterclass (duration: 4 mins 30 secs)

Commentating on major news events like the Royal Wedding is a real skill and takes a lot of planning and preparation.

BBC newsreader Huw Edwards led the BBC's coverage of William and Kate's special day in April 2011.

But apart from the first few minutes of the programme, virtually none of the broadcast was scripted. So how did Huw keep his composure and stay on top of events?


He talked to School Reporters from The Grey Coat Hospital School in London about the most important aspects of commentating on events that millions of people are watching.

You can recap the key points from the video in the accompanying worksheet:

Video: Video journalism masterclass (3 mins 30 secs video + 2-3 mins to recap/discuss)

Tim Samuels top tips (duration: 3 mins 30 secs)

BBC journalist and documentary maker Tim Samuels has been involved in reporting since managing to secure an exclusive interview with singer Morrissey as a 13-year-old.

He has boiled down everything he has learned along the way into some key tips.


You can recap the main points from the video in the accompanying worksheet:

Video: Weather presenting masterclass (3 mins video + 2-3 mins to recap/discuss)

Weather presenter masterclass (duration: 3 mins)

Carole Kirkwood gives millions of people vital news every day as the main weather presenter on BBC Breakfast.

Providing accurate and reliable weather forecasts is an important job for news bulletins. From farmers planning their days to commuters deciding whether to carry an umbrella or not, the weather makes a difference to all of us.


Carole took School Reporters from the Bonus Pastor School in Lewisham behind the scenes at the BBC's Television Centre to teach them some of the most important elements of the job.

You can recap the main points from the video in the accompanying worksheet:

Video: Football commentary masterclass (4 mins 30 secs video + 2-3 mins to recap/discuss)

Jonathan Pearce

Jonathan Pearce's commentary masterclass (duration: 4 mins 30 secs)

Football commentators usually have the best seat in the house for the game they are covering, but it's hard work to make it in the profession.

Telling the story of a match is not easy - you can never tell what might happen next, and you have to ready for anything. That's why doing your background research beforehand is so important.


BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce has covered five World Cup tournaments and numerous England games and FA Cup finals, as well as regularly appearing on Match of the Day and BBC Radio 5 live.

He passed on some of his top tips to School Reporters from JFS School in London, and gave them a chance to commentate on some of the key incidents from the 2006 World Cup final!

You can recap the main points from the video in the accompanying worksheet:

Video: Sport packages masterclass (8 mins video + 2-3 mins to recap/discuss)

A day in the life of a sports reporter (duration: 8 mins)

All the essential principles of journalism apply to reporting on sport just as much as politics, the economy or foreign affairs.

Experienced BBC Sport reporter Joe Wilson shows what life is like for a sports journalist, following his story from the initial stage to final broadcast on television.


You can recap the main points from the video in the accompanying worksheet:

Top tips: Robert Peston on business reporting

The BBC's Business Editor Robert Peston
Robert Peston has broken dozens of stories about the financial crisis

Business editor Robert Peston has established himself as one of the top journalists in his field, becoming a regular presence on the airwaves and TV screens during the global financial crisis.

Reporting on the world of business is a vital part of journalism, and an understanding of the financial world can also help inform all sorts of other stories from football club takeovers to the closure of your local library.

He gives his top tips for making sense of the business world.

Top tips: Rory Cellan-Jones on technology reporting

Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC technology correspondent
Rory Cellan-Jones is an expert in all things technological

Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones is the BBC's expert when it comes to reporting on the latest developments in mobile phones, games, computers, the internet and everything else that falls under the broad term of technology.

But reporting on technology presents challenges: you might be fascinated by the latest smartphone, but how you can make your audience interested?

How do you avoid getting sucked in to what manufacturers and PR companies want you to report on? And how do you avoid baffling your audience with technical jargon?

He explains the most important things to bear in mind if you are reporting on technology.

Top tips: David Shukman on environment stories

BBC science and environment correspondent David Shukman
David Shukman travels far and wide to find stories

Environment correspondent David Shukman reports on issues which affect us all, from climate change to new farming techniques.

But as important as these stories are, they can sometimes be difficult for a general audience to understand. That's where the skill of the journalist in making a complicated story easier to follow really makes the difference.

He explains how to cut through the waffle and the spin to bring your stories to life.

Top tips: Adam Fleming on political reporting

Adam Fleming
Adam Fleming has gone from Newsround to reporting on elections

Political reporter Adam Fleming is on the scene in Westminster to report on all the latest news from the heart of government and politics.

But reporting on politics doesn't just mean what goes on in Downing Street, Westminster and Whitehall. A story about the impact of a closure of a local library or bus service is also a politics report.

Read Adam's top tips for making the most of your political stories.

Top tips: Pallab Ghosh on science reporting

BBC Science Correspondent Pallab Ghosh
Pallab Ghosh is passionate about the importance of science reporting

Science correspondent Pallab Ghosh covers topics such as genetically modified crops and has to be able to bring complex stories to life.

There are lots of different aspects to becoming a good science journalist - and it's not just about being a scientific expert! You need ordinary viewers to follow your story, not just the scientific community.

Read Pallab's suggestions for what to look out for when it comes to covering scientific stories.

Top tips: BBC experts on live event pages

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.



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