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Last Updated: Sunday July 17 2005 10:40 GMT

Top reporters take tea at No 10

Tom, Neil and Robbie - winners of a political journalism competition
Three young reporters visited the home of Prime Minster Tony Blair as part of their prize for winning a journalism competition.

Tom, Neil and Robbie's winning TV report looked at the arguments for and against building a superstore in their home town.

They told Newsround about their video and revealed what lies behind the front door of 10 Downing Street.

Winner of a political journalism competition, Tom
"It was really posh inside Number 10 and three times as big as I expected.

I loved sitting on the gold leaf chairs. They were really comfortable and made you feel important - like a real politician.

There were also drinks and Danish pastries laid on for us.

Famous PMs

As we went up the stairs, we passed photographs of lots of famous prime ministers. I recognised Winston Churchill and Neville Chamberlain.

We talked to quite a few members of parliament including Hilary Armstrong who is the Chief Whip.

Her job is to keep all the politicians in line. She's a bit like a strict headmistress.

She was keen to find out about the political issues we were involved in.

Winners

OTHER WINNERS

We were presented with our award last week at the House of Lords but some of the other winners couldn't make it because of the London bombings.

They were also invited to Number 10 and we had a chance to chat to them and share our stories.

Then we went outside to have our picture taken by press photographers."

Tom, 13, Kent

Talking point

Winner of a political journalism competition, Neil
"Our TV news report was about the proposal to turn a car park at the top of our high street into a superstore.

We first read about the issue in our local newspaper. It was a real talking point so we thought it would make a good subject for the competition.

It was exciting to think about the effects the proposed store would have on people in our area.

Arguments

We used the internet to find out the arguments for and against building the store and we videoed interviews with people on different sides of the argument.

The town centre manager was for building the store. He thought a new development would regenerate our town and be a good source of money.

The leader of the local action group was against the store. She thought traffic in the town was already bad enough and was worried about pollution caused by more cars.

During the interviews we were careful to ask open questions in order to get a good response.

Realistic

I think the most successful bit of our report was the interview with our local MP.

We made it look like a live link from the studio to him but we actually filmed the two bits separately."

Neil, 13, Kent

Utter joy

Winner of a political journalism competition, Robbie
"When our teacher told us that we had won, we felt utter joy. It didn't seem real at first!

Politics is about who's in power and the law. But it's also about your local area, and things like cleaning the streets and helping the community.

It's important to take an interest in politics because it's the basis of everything. Without it the country wouldn't run properly.

I'd like to be an accountant in the future and learning about politics will help me stick up for people I meet in my job."

Robbie, 13, Kent


Tom, Neil and Robbie won the broadcast section of the National Political Journalism Competition 2004/5 run by the Citizenship Foundation.

For more information, click on the link in the top right green box or visit www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk


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