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Last Updated: Tuesday June 07 2005 14:44 GMT

Worksheet: Press release and news story

News story

Article in the Reading Post, published on the 23 March 2005

Press release

Budding Media moguls got to choose the news when children's TV programme Newsround came to a Reading primary school.

Sixty pupils from Redlands school in Lydford Road tried their hand at editing the news programme on Wednesday March 16.

Twenty-seven Year Six pupils and 33 Year Five pupils selected news events from a list of possible stories and ordered them for a mock BBC news bulletin.

They had the chance to "beat the editor" as they compared their order to that of Newsround website editor Tim Masters, who lives in Reading.

Ben, 10, said: "I learnt that you shouldn't always have serious stuff on the news."

Educational journalists Paul Whelan and Carla Pickering took the pupils behind the scenes with a video showing how Newsround gets made.

Media mysteries were revealed such as using make-up to stop presenters' faces looking shiny under the bright studio lights and having to read from an autocue at a rate of three words a second to ensure the programme runs exactly to time.

Thomas, 9, said: "It was fun and interesting. I learnt about different jobs and equipment needed for Newsround."

The pupils also acted out one of the day's news stories with several promising presenters putting together reports on the recent Marmite advertisement saga. It has been banned from children's television after six viewers complained it scared their sons and daughters who were aged between two and three.

Year six teacher Sarah Bergson said: "The children learned a lot about the media. It will really help them in their forthcoming SATS exams, particularly if they are asked to comment on a news report."

Newsround, which began 33 years ago, became synonymous with long-standing presenter John Craven.

Today there are seven presenters fronting the news six days a week on BBC1 and the CBBC digital channel.

There is also a website accompanying the programme, with a special section of lesson plans for teachers. For more information, visit www.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews

Activity

The press release was written by a teacher at Newsround. The article was written by a journalist at the Reading Post and published on 23 March 2005.

Compare the two by answering these questions.

1. Does the news article answer the five Ws?

2. Which bits of the press release did the journalist keep?

3. Which bits of the press release did the journalist cut?

4. Why do you think they did this?




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