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Last Updated: Friday October 14 2005 15:25 GMT

Lauren's Newsround diary

Press Packer Lauren

Press Packer Lauren won the ultimate Newsround competition - she's spending a week with Huw Edwards and the Newsround team learning how to be a journalist.

Her online diary reveals what she's being doing during Press Pack week.

Day 5 - Taking control of Newsround!

"Wow! I was SO excited about today because I'm in charge of the whole programme! It's definitely lived up to my expectations.

Firstly, I chose the top stories of the day - I picked the bird flu story and the James Bond story.

Then I went to the team meeting to tell everyone my decisions - I was so nervous, but it was ok!

I told the team my ideas and they gave me feedback.

They were all really friendly so I relaxed.

At 11.30am I had to go in News 24.

It was so scary but apparently I did just fine.

Choosing the programme order

I got back to the Newsround office and chose the order of the programme and what stories I wanted to use.

If you watch Friday's programme you'll see what I picked!

Tonight I'm going to the gallery, where they direct the programme.

I'll be watching from there and hopefully it will all go well.

Incredible week

I have had the most incredible week.

The best part has been meeting such lovely people and learning lots of things.

I really love it here.

I just want to say a quick 'Hi' to my class, 9J, before I sign off for the last time. I'll see you next week!

Bye Newsround!

Thank you!"

Day 4 - Interviews and aliens!

"Today I went to the Science Museum to see the launch of an exhibition about aliens.

I had to review it for the programme.

It was fantastic!

The best bit was seeing all of the different aliens and monsters.

We did lots of filming for tonight's report.

I also interviewed one of the people who helped put the exhibition together.

I asked him why they did the exhibition, because lots of people don't believe in aliens.

Best bit

The best bit of the day was when I was being filmed in front of a big screen which had a 'virtual planet' on it.

It kept going wrong, we had to do the take again so many times, I lost count how many times! But It was really funny.

From what I can remember it is a very funny report!

A different day

Today has been quite a different day to my other days at Newsround.

I did a lot more filming and we had to think about different shots.

I had to rush around filming different pieces for the camera and pretending to 'disappear', which was fun.

Huw gave me some good tips about reviewing to help me with my report as well.

Taking over the show

I'm very excited, but also quite nervous, about tomorrow.

I'm going to be in charge of the whole show!

Watch this space - I'll let you know how it goes!"

Day 3 - Web reports, witches and wardrobes!

"I'm absolutely exhausted! I've had an extremely busy day!

All week I've been learning lots of tips from Huw and today he taught me about writing stories for the web.

He told me that you need to have a good opening line to really grab the reader's attention.

But you have to keep their attention all the way through too!

He said that if you do this, you'll do well!

Interviewing the stars

I also interviewed the child stars of the new film 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' today. They were all lovely.

The highlight was definitely interviewing Emma Thompson - she made me feel so relaxed.

I then had to rush back and write up my report for the website.

While I was writing my report I also had to do some more filming AND run over to the CBBC studio (in the rain - which totally messed up my hair!)

During the live CBBC chat the presenters asked me some questions about what I've been doing at Newsround this week.

Once it had finished, I rushed back to the Newsround office to finish my report and write my diary.

Today has been hectic, but tomorrow will be even busier.

I'll let you know how it goes!"

Day 2 - Filming, voiceovers and graphics

"I didn't come in so early today - I was absolutely shattered after yesterday!

Going on live TV was one of the most terrifying things I've ever done, but I managed it.

I actually really enjoyed it!

Filming

First of all today, I went to the edit suites to do some filming with Rob, the cameraman, and Janina, who's an assistant producer.

They were both BRILLIANT!

I loved filming - it was so much fun.

Tonight's interview

I also did the voiceover for the Jenny Frost interview which was on Newsround tonight and I watched the interview get edited together for the programme.

In the interview I ask Jenny what her new song 'Crash Landing' is all about and how she felt about going solo.

Later in the afternoon I went to work with the graphics team.

I had to pretend I was driving a car and stepping out of a tardis!

It was extremely embarrassing but a very enjoyable experience!"

Day 1 - My first day as a Newsround reporter

"It's my first day! I was really nervous at first, but everyone has been really nice and encouraging and I've relaxed now.

Meeting Huw Edwards was incredibly nerve-racking, but he's very friendly.

He gave me lots of top tips about interviewing, which I tried to use when I interviewed Jenny Frost (who used to be in Atomic Kitten).

Friendly

I was really nervous before the interview.

I was given some pages of information about her and I came up with all the questions.

It went well and she was really friendly which helped.

I'm really excited about going on live television tonight.

The studio is a lot smaller than I thought it would be.

I've rehearsed what I am doing for tonight's live show, and hopefully it will all go well.

I'll let you know tomorrow!"

Lauren, 13, Wolverhampton


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