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Pupils will be able to report on Highland 2007 events
Budding young broadcasters will have the chance to report from the Highland 2007 festival for BBC Radio Scotland.

Youngsters from 30 school groups across the Highlands will be involved in the project.

BBC Scotland and Highland and Islands Community Broadcasting Federation will provide training starting this autumn.

A plan is in place for each school group to provide small teams of community reporters ready to report on the celebrations of Highland culture.

The best of each team's work will be featured by BBC Radio Scotland's special series of programmes broadcast from Inverness, dedicated to coverage of events during Highland 2007.

Other media opportunities will also be available to the young reporters.

Their reports will be available online, and where possible, the schools will be encouraged to hook up with local community radio stations.

They will also be encouraged to share their audio material with other schools across Scotland through podcasting and create a digital picture archive of their year.

It offers a great opportunity for schoolchildren in the Highland region to get involved in programme making in their local community
Jeff Zycinski Head of BBC Radio Scotland

At the end of Highland 2007, each school group will have both a picture and audio archive of their year, as well as recording equipment to use from thereon so that pupils can use their new skills regularly in the future.

Jeff Zycinski, Head of BBC Radio Scotland, said: "We are very excited about working with Highland 2007 on this project.

"It offers a great opportunity for schoolchildren in the Highland region to get involved in programme making in their local community. We also hope that the relationship BBC Scotland develops with each school will extend to future projects and collaborations."

Alison Magee, Highland 2007 chairwoman, added: "This is the latest in a whole series of initiatives which emphasise our commitment to young people in the Highlands, not just in 2007, but beyond.

"Young people are a core part of the cultural celebrations that are planned as part of Highland 2007.

"This partnership with BBC Radio Scotland and the community broadcasting federation will help us to ensure young people play an active role in what will be a hugely exciting year."

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