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Page last updated at 17:30 GMT, Monday, 19 December 2011

This section is aimed as background material for teachers or older pupils

School Reporters at Hounsdown School look at their pictures
Planning stories in advance gives you plenty of time to edit your material

Not all BBC news stories are created from scratch on the day they are broadcast - and yours don't have to be either.

Some stories appear out of the blue, but many are the result of forward planning and careful preparation.

Every newsroom has a diary to help plan for what is coming up and make plans. Preparation allows you to do your research, contact potential interviewees and polish your script and story.

This page will be updated throughout the year, so keep checking to see what's coming up.

And remember: there will be other local events going on in your area, so don't miss out on the chance to report!


9 Jan: 200 days until the start of the Olympic Games

10-18 Jan: International Gymnastics, North Greenwich Arena (Olympic test event)

13-22 January: Youth Olympic Games, Innsbruck, Austria

15 January: Golden Globes award ceremony, Beverley Hills, US

16-18 January: Stargazing Live, nationwide

19 January: 3rd School Report practice News Day

19 January: Sport Relief 2012 launch

Read School Report's guide to reporting Sport Relief stories

27 January: Holocaust Memorial Day, nationwide


4 February - 17 March: Six Nations, nationwide

7 February: Safer Internet Day, nationwide

8 February: 4th School Report practice News Day

12 February: Bafta awards ceremony, London

17-19 February: Track Cycling World Cup Classic, Velodrome, London

20-26 February: Diving World Cup, Aquatics Centre, London

26 February: Oscars ceremony, Los Angeles, US

MARCH 2012

1 March: St David's Day, Wales

Once you've decided on the story you want to cover, why not use one of these newsgathering diaries to help you decide how to cover it? It's just like we do it at the BBC!

3-4 March: Music Nation, nationwide

5-9 March: National Careers Week, nationwide

8 March: International Women's Day, nationwide

12 March: Commonwealth Day, nationwide

15 March: School Report News Day

17 March: St Patrick's Day, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

23-25 March: Sport Relief, nationwide

Read School Report's guide to reporting Sport Relief stories

APRIL 2012

18 April: 100 days to start of Olympic Games

23 April: St George's Day, England

23 April - 9 September: World Shakespeare Festival, nationwide

MAY 2012

18 May - 27 July: Torch Relay, nationwide

21 May: 100 days to start of Paralympic Games

JUNE 2012

2-5 June: Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, nationwide

9 June - 1 July: Euro 2012, Poland and Ukraine

21 June - 9 September: Festival 2012, nationwide

23-24 June: Radio 1's Hackney Weekender, London

JULY 2012

27 July - 12 August: Olympic Games, London and other venues


24-29 August: Paralympic Torch Relay, nationwide

29 August - 9 September: Paralympic Games, London and other venues

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